My Ántonia

Willa Cather, 1873-1947

Book - 1994

The reminiscences of a New York lawyer, Jim Burden, about his boyhood in Nebraska, particularly a young Bohemian girl named Antonia Shimerda, are set against the backdrop of the American assimilation immigrants.

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Series
Penguin twentieth-century classics.
Subjects
Genres
Western stories
Domestic fiction
Western fiction
Published
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books [1994]
Language
English
Item Description
"First published in the United States of America by Houghton Mifflin Co., 1918"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
xxix, 290 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-290).
ISBN
0140187642
9780140187649
1442062762
9781442062764
Main Author
Willa Cather, 1873-1947 (-)
Other Authors
John J. (John Joseph) Murphy, 1933- (-)
  • Introduction /
  • John J. Murphy
  • Suggestions for further reading
  • A note on the text
  • My Antonia
  • Cather's introduction
  • Book I:
  • The Shimerdas
  • Book II:
  • The hired girls
  • Book III: Lena Lingard
  • Book IV: The pioneer woman's story
  • Book V: Cuzak's boys
  • Appendices: A:
  • Anna Pavelka Letter
  • B.
  • Cather's revised introduction to the 1926 edition
  • Explanatory notes.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

The reminiscences of a New York lawyer, Jim Burden, about his boyhood in Nebraska, particularly a young Bohemian girl named Antonia Shimerda, are set against the backdrop of the American assimilation immigrants.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Willa Cather's My Ántonia is considered one of the most significant American novels of the twentieth century. Set during the great migration west to settle the plains of the North American continent, the narrative follows Antonia Shimerda, a pioneer who comes to Nebraska as a child and grows with the country, inspiring a childhood friend, Jim Burden, to write her life story. The novel is important both for its literary aesthetic and as a portrayal of important aspects of American social ideals and history, particularly the centrality of migration to American culture.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.