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“No romantic novel ever written in the USA . . . is one part so appealing as My Ántonia.” —H. L. Mencken
Widely well-known as Willa Cather’s maximum novel, My Ántonia is a soulful and wealthy portrait of a pioneer woman’s uncomplicated but heroic lifestyles. The lively daughter of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia needs to adapt to a difficult lifestyles at the desolate prairies of the Midwest. Enduring youth poverty, teenage seduction, and relations tragedy, she ultimately turns into a spouse and mom on a Nebraska farm. A fictional list of ways girls helped forge the groups that shaped a state, My Ántonia can be a hauntingly eloquent social gathering of the energy, braveness, and spirit of America’s early pioneers.
Gordon Tapper is Assistant Professor of English at DePauw college. he's the writer of The computer That Sings: Modernism, Hart Crane, and the tradition of the Body, from Routledge.