My Antonia.

By Willa Cather

Printed: 1981

Publisher: The Franklin Library.

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 15 × 22 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 15 x 22 x 3

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Green calf spine with gilt title and decoration on the spine. Green cloth boards with ornate gilt decoration. All edges gilt.

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Published by Franklin Library, 1981. Octavo. Bound in green leather stamped in gold. Gilt decoration to boards and spine. Three raised spine bands, patterned endpapers and sewn-in satin bookmark. Book is like new; clean and crispnwith no writing or names. Sharp corners and spine straight. Binding tight and pages crisp. A fine copy of this wonderful leather bound edition of this classic novel by Willa Cather. Illustrated by Hodges Soileau. 288 pages
My Ántonia is a novel published in 1918 by American writer Willa Cather, considered one of her best works.
The novel tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia Shimerda, who are each brought as children to be pioneers in Nebraska towards the end of the 19th century. The first year in the very new place leaves strong impressions on both children, affecting them for life. This novel is considered Cather’s first masterpiece. Cather was praised for bringing the American
West to life and making it personally interesting.
Willa Sibert Cather born Wilella Sibert Cather; December 7, 1873– April 24, 1947) was an American writer known for her novels of life on the Great Plains, including O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia. In 1923, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours, a novel set during World War I. Willa Cather and her family moved from Virginia to Webster County, Nebraska, when she was nine years old. The family later settled in the town of Red Cloud. Shortly after graduating from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Cather moved to Pittsburgh for ten years, supporting herself as a magazine editor and high school English teacher. At the age of 33, she moved to New York City, her primary home for the rest of her life, though she also travelled widely and spent considerable time at her summer residence on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. She spent the last 39 years of her life with her domestic partner, Edith Lewis, before being diagnosed with breast cancer and dying of a cerebral haemorrhage. She is buried beside Lewis in a Jaffrey, New Hampshire plot. Cather achieved recognition as a novelist of the frontier and pioneer experience. She wrote of the
spirit of those settlers moving into the western states, many of them European immigrants in the nineteenth century. Common themes in her work include nostalgia and exile. A sense of place is an important element in Cather’s fiction: physical landscapes and domestic spaces are for Cather dynamic presences against which her characters struggle and find community.

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