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My Antonia

My Ántonia

Author: Willa Cather

Year Published: 1918

Description: My Ántonia by Willa Cather chronicles the life of Ántonia Shimerda, a Bohemian girl who immigrates to Nebraska with her family in the late 1800s.  The story is told through the eyes of narrator Jim Burden, who as a child moved to the same town as Ántonia to live on his grandparents' farm following his own parents' death.  Against this landscape, the book characterizes the struggles of America's immigrant pioneers and the optimism and independence that helped settle the American frontier.

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'There was nothing but land; not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.'

My Ántonia

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