My Ántonia

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My Ántonia  (1918) 
by Willa Sibert Cather

My Ántonia is the final book of Cather's "prairie trilogy" of novels, preceded by O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark. This novel is considered Cather's first masterpiece. Cather was praised for bringing the American West to life and making it personally interesting.

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. Both the pioneers who first break the prairie sod for farming, as well as of the harsh but fertile land itself, feature in this American novel. The first year in the very new place leaves strong impressions in both children, affecting them lifelong. Excerpted from My Ántonia on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The copy presented here is the thirteenth impression of the first edition, printed in March, 1924, with illustrations by Władysław T. Benda.

MY ÁNTONIA

BY

WILLA SIBERT CATHER

Optima dies . . . prima fugit

Virgil

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY
W. T. BENDA

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BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
The Riverside Press Cambridge

TO

CARRIE AND IRENE MINER


In memory of affections old and true

COPYRIGHT, 1918, BY WILLA SIBERT CATHER


ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Published September, 1918

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The Riverside Press

CAMBRIDGE · MASSACHUSETTS

PRINTED IN THE U.S.A.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926.


The author died in 1947, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.