Author: Willa Cather
Year Published: 1913
Description: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather tells the story of the Bergsons, a Swedish family that immigrates to a fictional town in the author's native state of Nebraska in the late 19th century. Upon the patriarch's death, the family farm is bequeathed to only daughter Alexandra, who succeeds in making it sustainable at a time when most others are leaving to seek better lives elsewhere. As time goes on, however, family tensions arise. Published in 1913, the novel was critically acclaimed for its portrait of life on the American frontier.
'A pioneer should have imagination, should be able to enjoy the idea of things more than the things themselves.'