My Antonia: Introduction by Jane Smiley (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)

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This 100th Anniversary Edition of Willa Cather’s masterpiece a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Jane Smiley.

In this symphonically powerful and magnificently observed novel, Cather created one of the most winning heroines in American fiction, a woman whose calm, undemonstrative strength and robust high spirits make her emblematic of the virtues Cather most admired in her country. Ántonia Shimerda is the daughter of Bohemian immigrant parents struggling with the oceanic loneliness of life on the Nebraska prairie. Through the eyes of Jim Burden, her tutor and disappointed admirer, we follow Ántonia from farm to town as she survives hardships both natural and human, from poverty to a failed romance—and not only survives, but triumphs.

About the Author


WILLA CATHER, author of twelve novels, including O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop, was born in Virginia in 1873 but grew up in Nebraska, where many of her novels are set. In 1922 she won the Pulitzer Prize for one of her lesser-known books, One of Ours. Her other novels include The Song of the LarkThe Professor’ s HouseMy Mortal Enemy, and Lucy GayheartShe died in 1947 in New York City.

Praise For…


“No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as My Ántonia.” –H. L. Mencken

“The time will come when Willa Cather will be ranked above Hemingway.” –Leon Edel
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525562863
ISBN-10: 0525562869
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Vintage Classics