Willa Cather Biography Cather was actually born in Virginia near Winchester in but moved to the Nebraska Divide with her family when she was nine years old. She soon adapted to the prairie landscape, which would feature so strongly in her writings.
Plot introduction[ edit ] "There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating The main character, Alexandra Bergson, inherits the family farmland when her father dies, and she devotes her life to making the farm a viable enterprise at a time when many other immigrant families are giving up and leaving the prairie.
The novel is also concerned with two romantic relationships, one between Alexandra and family friend Carl Linstrum and the other between Alexandra's brother Emil and the married Marie Shabata.
The book is divided into five parts, each of which has numerous chapters. Part I — The Wild Land[ edit ] On a windy January day in Hanover, Nebraska, Alexandra Bergson is with her five-year-old brother Emil, whose little kitten has climbed a telegraph pole and is afraid to come down.
Alexandra asks her neighbor and friend Carl Linstrum to retrieve the kitten.
Later, Alexandra finds Emil in the general store with Marie Tovesky. They are playing with the kitten. Marie lives in Omaha and is visiting her uncle Joe Tovesky.
Alexandra's father is dying, and it is his wish that she run the farm after he is gone. Alexandra and her brothers Oscar and Lou later visit Ivar, known as Crazy Ivar because of his unorthodox views. For instance, he sleeps in a hammock, believes in killing no living thing and goes barefoot summer and winter.
But he is known for healing sick animals. Alexandra is concerned about their hogs as the hogs of many of their neighbors are dying. Crazy Ivar advises her to keep their hogs clean rather than letting them live in filth and to give them fresh, clean water and good food.
Alexandra, however, starts making plans for where she will relocate the hogs. After years of crop failure, many of the Bergson's neighbors are selling out, even if it means taking a loss.
Then they learn the Linstrums have also decided to leave. Oscar and Lou want to leave too, but neither their mother nor Alexandra will.
After visiting villages downwards to see how they are getting on, Alexandra talks her brothers into mortgaging the farm to buy more land, in hopes of ending up as rich landowners.
Alexandra and her brothers have divided up their inheritance, and Emil has just returned from college. The Linstrum farm has failed, and Marie, now married to Frank Shabata, has bought it.
That same day, the Bergsons are surprised by a visit from Carl Linstrum, whom they have not seen for thirteen years.Lucy Gayheart (Vintage Classics) [Willa Cather] on initiativeblog.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
In this haunting novel, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of My Ántonia performs crystalline variations on the themes that preoccupy her greatest fiction: the impermanence of innocence. She continued to have some success in writing criticism, short stories and plays.
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Criticism of My Antonia My Antonia by Willa Cather is a novel based on the memories of the protagonist, Jim Burden.
Many critics have criticized this novel, and have focused on such literary elements as symbolism, motif, and characterization. Contact About Links: Search results Found matching titles: Homeward Songs by the Way A.E.
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"My Antonia" is a very lovely novel authored by Willa Cather. It is about farm and town life in Nebraska near the end of the Nineteenth Century. Essays and criticism on Willa Cather - Cather, Willa (Feminism in Literature) distress about her sexuality at the time she wrote the novel. . My Ántonia (/ ˈ æ n t ə n i ə / AN-tə-nee-ə) is a novel published in by American writer Willa Cather, considered one of her best initiativeblog.com is the final book of her "prairie trilogy" of novels, preceded by O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark.. The novel tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia.
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