O Pioneers!

O Pioneers!

by Willa Cather

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Overview

"This slim novel features the travails of Alexandra Bergson and her three brothers: Swedish immigrants attempting to maintain a foothold on the windswept prairielands of Nebraska at the turn of the 20th century. The prose is clear and - as befitting the subject matter - pared down to often brutal effect. This is an austere world of emotional expediency and personal sacrifice, of lives in thrall to family loyalty and long-harboured grudges. It's an existence dominated by the primitive force of nature where 'the great fact was the land itself, which seemed to overwhelm the little beginnings of human society that struggled in its sombre wastes.' ... But then the reader is pulled up short by a flash of lyricism, as Cather allows a glimpse into the depths of emotion that lie beneath this deceptively simple surface." - W.B. Gooderham, The Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798734623022
Publisher: Independently published
Publication date: 04/07/2021
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Willa Cather (1873-1947) was an award-winning American author. As she wrote her numerous novels, Cather worked as both an editor and a high school English teacher. She gained recognition for her novels about American frontier life, particularly her Great Plains trilogy. Most of her works, including the Great Plains Trilogy, were dedicated to her suspected lover, Isabelle McClung, who Cather herself claimed to have been the biggest advocate of her work. Cather is both a Pulitzer Prize winner and has received a gold medal from the Institute of Arts and Letters for her fiction.

Date of Birth:

December 7, 1873

Date of Death:

April 27, 1947

Place of Birth:

Winchester, Virginia

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

B.A., University of Nebraska, 1895

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Table of Contents

About Author:

Part 1

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Part 2

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Part 3

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Part 4

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Part 5

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

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"[Kate Reading] delivers the vivid narrative with dulcet tones and magnificent phrasing.... Listeners will enjoy the beauty of her delivery." —-AudioFile

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