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O Pioneers! (Paperback)

Author:  Willa Cather
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1434463338
ISBN-13: 9781434463333
Sku: 208364480
Publish Date: 6/30/2008
Pages:  324
Age Range:  NA
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One January day, thirty years ago, the little town of Hanover, anchored on a windy Nebraska tableland, was trying not to be blown away. A mist of fine snowflakes was curling and eddying about the cluster of low drab buildings huddled on the gray prairie, under a gray sky. (from the first line)
O Pioneers! tells the story of the Bergsons, a family of Swedish immigrants in rural Nebraska, at the turn of the 20th century. The main character, Alexandra Bergson, inherits the family farm when her father dies, and she devotes her life to making the farm a viable enterprise.
Willa Cather's O PIONEERS!, first published in 1913, tells the story of Alexandra Bergson, the daughter of a Swedish pioneering family, who successfully takes over the management of the family farm upon her father's death. The story encompasses Alexandra's difficult relationships with her brothers, Oscar and Lou, her love for a neighbor, Carl Lindstrom, and the tragic romance between her youngest brother, Emil, and a married woman. The setting is as important as the events of the story, however. Alexandra's near-obsessive love for the huge sky and vast plains of Nebraska is part of what fuels the plot, and Cather's chronicle of the prairie's evolution from a raw and wild landscape to thriving farmland reflects her own love of the land and her admiration for the immigrants who worked it. O PIONEERS! is an early novel, and in later books Cather would become more skilled at dialogue and plotting, but the passionate conviction she brought to this novel secures its position as one of her greatest works.
Author Bio
Willa Cather
Willa Cather was born in Virginia, but her family journeyed west to acquire land, and she was raised in Nebraska from the age of 9. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1895, and moved from the rural west to the urban east after college, becoming a journalist and editor and settling, finally, in New York City. Her first published book was a volume of poetry, and she continued to work as a journalist, until the publication of her first novel, ALEXANDER'S BRIDGE in 1912, enabled her to write fiction full time. She traveled to Europe in 1902, and to the Southwest in 1912; both visits enabled her to put her Nebraska childhood in a larger context. She returned to all these places in her fiction--famously, the prairie towns she knew so well, in O PIONEERS. Cather, who often dressed as a boy in her youth, was a lifelong lesbian, though perhaps this was expressed only in ardent friendships with her many women friends. She often used male narrators in her works, and favored strong, independent women--often artists. Her perennial theme was the artist's need for freedom, expressed vividly and convincingly in such works as THE SONG OF THE LARK and LUCY GAYHEART.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0324
Product attributePublisher:   Wildside Press
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