My Antonia by Willa Cather

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In Willa Cather's own estimation, My Antonia, first published in 1918, was "the best thing I've ever done." An enduring paperback bestseller on Houghton Mifflin's literary list, this hauntingly eloquent classic now boasts a new foreword by Kathleen Norris, Cather's soulmate of the plains. Infused with a gracious passion for the land, My Antonia embraces its uncommon subject — the hardscrabble life of the pioneer woman on the prairie — with poetic certitude, rendering a deeply moving portrait of an entire community. Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia Shimerda.

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The 125th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 6th on D. G. Myers’ 50 Greatest English Language Novels (D. G. Myers)
  2. - 6th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  3. - 9th on The Celebrity Reading List (Gardiner Public Library)
  4. - 27th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (
  5. - 34th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (
  6. - 51st on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  7. - 67th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  8. - 86th on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
  9. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at
  10. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  11. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

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