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My Antonia by Willa Cather 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 writings Cather 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 I Willa 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 life Devoted 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 men My 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 spirit Characters Jim Burden - The man narrating the story Antonia Shimerda -The daughter of Bohemian immigrants and the heroine of the story Ambrosch Shimerda - Antonias mean brother Marek Shimerda -Antonias mentally disabled brother Yulka Shimerda - Antonias younger sister Mr and Mrs Shimerda - Antonias gently father who committed suicide and her bitter complaining mother Larry Donovan - The man Antonia thought was going to marry her Lena Lingard - A girl that Jim grew up with and was successful Anton Cuzak - Antonias husband The Book The 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
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