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Author Willa Sibert Cather Nebraskas most noted author was born in Virginia At the age of ten she moved with her family to Webster County Nebraska Many of Cathers acquaintances and Red Cloud area scenes can be recognized in her writingsCather wrote poetry short stories essays and novels winning many awards In 1920 she won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel One of Ours about a Nebraska farm boy who went off to World War IWilla Cathers reputation as one of Americas finest novelists rests on her novels about Nebraska and the American Southwest These novels express her deep love of the land and her distaste for the materialism and conformism of modern lifeDevoted to values such as the importance of family and the need for human courage and dignity she created strong female characters whose sort of strength and determination had previously been attributed to only menMy Antonia one of Cathers best works is an unconventional romantic novel of prairie life It tells the story of a remarkable woman whose strength and passion epitomize the pioneer spiritJim Burden - The man narrating the storyAntonia Shimerda -The daughter of Bohemian immigrants and the heroine of the storyAmbrosch Shimerda - Antonias mean brotherMarek Shimerda -Antonias mentally disabled brotherYulka Shimerda - Antonias younger sisterMr and Mrs Shimerda - Antonias gently father who committed suicide and her Larry Donovan - The man Antonia thought was going to marry herLena Lingard - A girl that Jim grew up with and was successfulThe book begins with an introduction In the introduction it tells about James Quale Burden Jim Burden and how the story came to be written The introduction is written by a woman who is an old friend to Jim and who grew up in the same Nebraska town as he did They are both now living in New York where Jim is a successful lawyerShe tells about Jims wife Genevieve who she does not like and doesnt think
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