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O Pioneers!

by Willa Cather

ISBN 055321358X / 9780553213584 / 0-553-21358-X
Publisher Bantam Classic & Loveswept 1989-03-01
Language English
Edition Softcover
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One of Americas greatest women writers, Willa Cather established her talent and her reputation with this extraordinary novelthe first of her books set on the Nebraska frontier. A tale of the prairie land encountered by Americas Swedish, Czech, Bohemian, and French immigrants, as well as a story of how the land challenged them, changed them, and, in some cases, defeated them, Cathers novel is a uniquely American epic.

Alexandra Bergson, a young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her fathers farm and must transform it from raw prairie into a prosperous enterprise, is the first of Cathers great heroinesall of them women of strong will and an even stronger desire to overcome adversity and succeed. But the wild land itself is an equally important character in Cathers books, and her descriptions of it are so evocative, lush, and moving that they provoked writer Rebecca West to say of her: The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world almost as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us.

Willa Cather, perhaps more than any other American writer, was able to re-create the real drama of the pioneers, capturing for later generations a time, a place, and a spirit that has become part of our national heritage. [via]