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Willa Cather

Four Great Novels?O Pioneers!, One of Ours, The Song of the Lark, My Ántonia

Introduction by Maureen Howard

This volume contains four great works (O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, My Ántonia, and One of Ours) by the author who created the first autonomous and successful women’s heroes in American literature. Willa Cather is one of America’s most treasured writers. Her childhood in the woodlands of Virginia and on the prairies of Nebraska formed the inspiration for many of her novels, and her devotion to education provided the basis for her lifetime of achievement. Many critics have stated that Cather might have won a Nobel Prize had she not been a woman in a time of gender inequality.

“The time will come when she’ll be ranked above Hemingway.”—Leon Edel

“The thing about Willa Cather’s landscape and figures is that not only were they born alive but remain so after six decades.” —Guardian

The Song of the Lark (1915): “A story of something better than suggestiveness and charm—a thing finished, sound, and noble.” —The Nation

My Ántonia (1918): “No romantic novel ever written in America . . . is half so beautiful as My Ántonia.” —H. L. Mencken

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Willa Cather was an American author and pastoralist known for her vivid depictions of the American Midwest and its inhabitants. Her works include Alexander’s Bridge, O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and many more. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel One of Ours in 1923. After receiving great acclaim upon its publication in 1918, My Ántonia was considered an instant classic. Cather continued to write until later in her life despite suffering from an enflamed tendon in her hand. She died in New York City at age seventy-three.

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