One of Ours

One of Ours

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Overview

One of Ours by Willa Cather

Willa Cather (1873-1947) was awarded the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for this stirring novel about World War I. She brings to life the simple Nebraska farm folk and their tranquil rural lifestyle, showing how the Great War, seemingly so far away on the Old Continent, eventually touches them all. Protagonist Claude Wheeler, a strong, healthy farm boy, is physically typical of his sturdy sodbuster family and hard-working neighbors. But mentally the boy has little in common with their narrow outlooks, and the limited horizons of his parochial community make him restless and filled with a barely suppressed discontent. When the United States finally enters the conflict in Europe, Claude is one of the first to enlist, seeing purpose, adventure, and commitment to some larger ideals in the call to arms. One of Ours is a memorable testament to the shattering effects of war on youth and ideals, a powerful depiction of mechanized battle and the war's life-changing effects on one Nebraska farm boy and the people he left behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803214316
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Series: Willa Cather Scholarly Edition Series
Pages: 868
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Richard C. Harris is a professor and the director of humanities at the Webb Institute in Glen Cove, New York. Frederick M. Link is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the textual editor of Cather’s Obscure Destinies, The Professor’s House, and Shadows on the Rock. Kari A. Ronning is an assistant editor for the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition series at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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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One of Ours 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Willa Cather has long been one of my favorite authors, but somehow I had overlooked this book. What a shame. It is quite possibly her best novel and one of the standout works of American literature. The book presents a contast of emotions. Claude Wheeler is a man whose life lacks direction or meaning until he is called to war. The book, at first glance, is a tragedy, yet somehow everything works out for the best. You need to read it to understand. Set in Cather's native Nebraska, it offers a vivid portait of the land that is the hallmark of her work. This novel is on par with other such great American novels as To Kill a Mockingbird and East of Eden. It is a must read!
L.M._Elm More than 1 year ago
Willa Cather with her plain and simple language, weaves a beautiful story of a man who finds himself not at home among the Nebraska prairie, but in the worn torn battle fields of France. One of Ours is an enduring testament to soldiers, his comrades and the people solders leave behind.
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This lesser known title is as captivating and beautifully written as her celebrated classics.
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