O Pioneers!: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Willa Cather's masterful 1913 novel marks her return to the Nebraska of her youth, and to the stories of the immigrant settlers she had known during her childhood and teenage years in Red Cloud.
This Norton Critical Edition brings to lifethrough Cather's words, and through the words and images of othersthe uniquely American frontier experience. In inscribing a copy of O Pioneers! for a childhood friend, Cather wrote, "In this one I hit the home pasture…" "Contexts and Backgrounds" includes a rich selection of autobiographical and biographical remembrances (including three interviews with Cather), literary contexts (by Cather and her contemporaries, Henry James and Sarah Orne Jewett), and writings on the American West (including selected letters that paint a picture of one family's life on the Nebraska prairie). "Criticism" provides seven contemporary reviews and eight modern critical interpretations by David Stouck, John J. Murphy, C. Susan Wiesenthal, Marilee Lindemann, Melissa Ryan, Guy Reynolds, and Sharon O'Brien.
About the Author
Sharon O'Brien is an acclaimed author of both trade and scholarly books and a well-known Cather scholar. She is James Hope Caldwell Professor of American Cultures at Dickinson College. She is the author of Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice; Willa Cather; and The Family Silver: A Memoir of Depression and Inheritance. She is the editor of The Library of America Willa Cather (Volumes I-III) and New Essays on My Ántonia.
Date of Birth:December 7, 1873
Date of Death:April 27, 1947
Place of Birth:Winchester, Virginia
Place of Death:New York, New York
Education:B.A., University of Nebraska, 1895
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Table of Contents
Part I The Wild Land 13
Part II Neighboring Fields 71
Part III Winter Memories 159
Part IV The White Mulberry Tree 179
Part V Alexandra 231
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