December 1, 1992
December 1, 1992
One of America’s greatest women writers, Willa Cather established her talent and her reputation with this extraordinary novel—the first of her books set on the Nebraska frontier. A tale of the prairie land encountered by America’s Swedish, Czech, Bohemian, and French immigrants, as well as a story of how the land challenged them, changed them, and, in some cases, defeated them, Cather’s novel is a uniquely American epic.
Alexandra Bergson, a young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father’s farm and must transform it from raw prairie into a prosperous enterprise, is the first of Cather’s great heroines—all of them women of strong will and an even stronger desire to overcome adversity and succeed. But the wild land itself is an equally important character in Cather’s books, and her descriptions of it are so evocative, lush, and moving that they provoked writer Rebecca West to say of her: “The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world almost as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us.”
Willa Cather, perhaps more than any other American writer, was able to re-create the real drama of the pioneers, capturing for later generations a time, a place, and a spirit that has become part of our national heritage.
From the Paperback edition.
Willa Cather's O PIONEERS!, first published in 1913, tells the story of Alexandra Bergson, the daughter of a Swedish pioneering family, who successfully takes over the management of the family farm upon her father's death. The story encompasses Alexandra's difficult relationships with her brothers, Oscar and Lou, her love for a neighbor, Carl Lindstrom, and the tragic romance between her youngest brother, Emil, and a married woman. The setting is as important as the events of the story, however. Alexandra's near-obsessive love for the huge sky and vast plains of Nebraska is part of what fuels the plot, and Cather's chronicle of the prairie's evolution from a raw and wild landscape to thriving farmland reflects her own love of the land and her admiration for the immigrants who worked it. O PIONEERS! is an early novel, and in later books Cather would become more skilled at dialogue and plotting, but the passionate conviction she brought to this novel secures its position as one of her greatest works.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Human Qualities + Behavior, Love + Relationships + Sex, Work + the Workplace, Peoples + Cultures, Classics, Types of Characters, Settings, Family + Friendship, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Westerns
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Classics, Human Qualities + Behavior, Love + Relationships + Sex, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Peoples + Cultures, Settings, Work + the Workplace, Westerns, Types of Characters, Family + Friendship
- Edition: Reissue
- Language: English
- Author: Willa Cather
- Online Item #: 11401306
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-9681
- ISBN: 9780679743620
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported