O Pioneers [NOOK Book]

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A classic frontier novel from Pulitzer prize-winning author Willa Cather, O Pioneers is a magnificent celebration of life and the noble pioneer spirit. It celebrates a 100th anniversary in 2013. It is a tale of murder, love and money, as people struggle to carve out a life in the wilderness during the turn of the twentieth century, while battling ever-duplicitous human nature. Alexandra Bergson’s father, John, is dying. He entrusts his farmstead on a desolate stretch of plain to her rather than to her brothers. ...
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O Pioneers

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A classic frontier novel from Pulitzer prize-winning author Willa Cather, O Pioneers is a magnificent celebration of life and the noble pioneer spirit. It celebrates a 100th anniversary in 2013. It is a tale of murder, love and money, as people struggle to carve out a life in the wilderness during the turn of the twentieth century, while battling ever-duplicitous human nature. Alexandra Bergson’s father, John, is dying. He entrusts his farmstead on a desolate stretch of plain to her rather than to her brothers. Faced with the rigours of frontier living, droughts and penury, Alexandra only becomes more determined to carry on her father’s legacy and battles through remortgaging the farm and adopting new techniques. Fast forward sixteen years, her hard work has paid off, her brothers Lou and Oscar have both created prosperous farms and under Alexandra’s management the original farm has thrived. When childhood friend Carl Linstrum returns from travelling though it appears that romance is on the cards and Lou and Oscar drive him out of town, fearing that their sister’s marriage would disinherit their own children. The community begins to unravel as jealousy spills out into murder. Willa Cather’s writing reflects her upbringing in prairie lands steeped in history. Prairie living, and its accompanying literature, represents a quintessential American experience. The power of the land itself, the resilience of its inhabitants and the flow of history over the land all come together to create a potent and moving novel.

A rich evocation of 19th-century American life on the prairie, Cather's novel of immigrant homesteaders in Nebraska celbrates the landscape.

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"Willa Cather makes a world which is burningly alive, sometimes lovely, often tragic." —Helen Dunmore, author, Ingo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780941943
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Series: Hesperus Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 178
  • File size: 930 KB

Meet the Author

Willa Cather (1873–1947) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning author who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains. She is the author of Death Comes for the ArchbishopMy Ántonia, and One of Ours.

Biography

Wilella Sibert Cather was born on December 7, 1873, in the small Virginia farming community of Winchester. When she was ten years old, her parents moved the family to the prairies of Nebraska, where her father opened a farm mortgage and insurance business. Home-schooled before enrolling in the local high school, Cather had a mind of her own, changing her given name to Willa and adopting a variation of her grandmother's maiden name, Seibert, as her middle name.

During Cather's studies at the University of Nebraska, she worked as a drama critic to support herself and published her first piece of short fiction, "Peter," in a Boston magazine. After graduation, her love of music and intellectual pursuits inspired her to move to Pittsburgh, where she edited the family magazine Home Monthly, wrote theater criticism for the Pittsburgh Daily Leader, and taught English and Latin in local high schools. Cather's big break came with the publication of her first short story collection, The Troll Garden (1905). The following year she moved to New York City to work for McClure's Magazine as a writer and eventually the magazine's managing editor.

Considered one of the great figures of early-twentieth-century American literature, Willa Cather derived much of her inspiration from the American Midwest, which she considered her home. Never married, she cherished her many friendships, some of which she had maintained since childhood. Her intimate coterie of women writers and artists motivated Cather to produce some of her best work. Sarah Orne Jewett, a successful author from Maine whom Cather had met during her McClure's years, inspired her to devote herself full-time to creating literature and to write about her childhood, which she did in several novels of the prairies. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for her novel about World War I, called One of Ours.

She won many other awards, including a gold medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Prix Femina Americaine. On April 24, 1947, two years after publishing her last novel, Willa Cather died in New York City of a cerebral hemorrhage. Among Cather's other accomplishments were honorary doctorate degrees from Columbia, Princeton, and Yale Universities.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of O, Pioneers!.

Good To Know

When Cather first arrived at the University of Nebraska, she dressed as William Cather, her opposite sex twin.

Cather was the first woman voted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame, in 1961.

She spent forty years of her life with her companion, Edith Lewis, in New York City.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Wilella Sibert Cather (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 7, 1873
    2. Place of Birth:
      Winchester, Virginia
    1. Date of Death:
      April 27, 1947
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York

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    Posted January 22, 2014

    Faith james

    This book is very interesting in it's own way plus some sad parts and true love too. Also being smart and independ will be successful sometimes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    God read

    A good book though ends sad and does not have much of a point to me. It moves very quickly but I enjoyed it.

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    Posted November 6, 2013

    Mmmm

    This is free and the book is great, but this copy of it is not edited. Great book, bad copy.

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    Posted March 4, 2013

    It was an okay book, but I didn't like the ending at all. I also

    It was an okay book, but I didn't like the ending at all. I also didn't understand the authors thinking. I'm glad I didn't pay more than a dollar for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Enjoyable

    This was a wonderful story about a strong pioneering woman. Well written story focused on the main character growning up in the frontier. Nicely done classic.

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