My Antonia by Willa Cather

My Ántonia was enthusiastically received in 1918 when it was first published. It was considered a masterpiece and placed Cather in the forefront of women novelists. Today, it is considered as her first masterpiece. Cather was praised for bringing the American West to life and making it personally interesting. It brought place forward almost as if it were one of the characters, while at the same time playing upon the universality of the emotions, which in turn promoted regional American literature as a valid part of mainstream literature. While interpretations vary, My Ántonia is clearly an elegy to those families who built new lives west of the Mississippi River and highlights the role of women pioneers in particular. Cather also makes a number of comments concerning her views on women's rights and there are many disguised sexual metaphors in the text. My Ántonia remains in print in a number of editions ranging from free Internet editions to inexpensive, mass-market paperbacks to expensive "scholarly editions" aimed at more serious students of Cather's work.

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  • Judith M.

    Really liked it! Nice discussion group this evening. Looking forward to next month and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur;s Court"

    July 29, 2013

  • Brad

    If someone would do the group a huge favor tonight and take the lead while I'm out that would be great.
    The only other thing I would ask is if everyone who is there tonight could agree on a book for next month and just let me know so I can set it up. And I'll see everyone next month.

    July 29, 2013

    • Ana

      Only four of us tonight, but for next time we suggest Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

      July 29, 2013

  • Brad

    I have to work late tonight on an 11th hour project, so I won't be there tonight.

    July 29, 2013

  • Melissa

    Something came up, I can't make it tonight.

    July 29, 2013

  • Ana

    Yes! I've been able to read this one ;)

    July 23, 2013

  • Judith M.

    just started reading My Antonia.

    June 26, 2013

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