My Ántonia is an exciting, sentimental, sometimes upsetting novel about the pioneers of the American west. This American classic is best saved for readers grade 7 and up due to some mature themes.
One of Cather's earliest novels—written in 1918—My Ántonia is the story of Antonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants.
In quiet, probing depth, the story commemorates the spirit and courage of the immigrant pioneers whose persistence and strength helped to build America.
Willa Sibert Cather (December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947) was an American author who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, in works such as O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and The Song of the Lark. In 1923, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours (1922), a novel set during World War I. Cather grew up in Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska. She lived and worked in Pittsburgh for ten years, then at the age of 33 she moved to New York, where she lived for the rest of her life.
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