O Pioneers!

O Pioneers!

Willa Cather / Jun 20, 2019

O Pioneers This Norton Critical Edition brings to life through Cather s words and through the words and images of others the uniquely American frontier experience In inscribing a copy of O Pioneers for a childh

  • Title: O Pioneers!
  • Author: Willa Cather
  • ISBN: 9780393924664
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • This Norton Critical Edition brings to life through Cather s words, and through the words and images of others the uniquely American frontier experience In inscribing a copy of O Pioneers for a childhood friend, Cather wrote, In this one I hit the home pasture Contexts and Backgrounds includes a rich selection of autobiographical and biographical remembrances incluThis Norton Critical Edition brings to life through Cather s words, and through the words and images of others the uniquely American frontier experience In inscribing a copy of O Pioneers for a childhood friend, Cather wrote, In this one I hit the home pasture Contexts and Backgrounds includes a rich selection of autobiographical and biographical remembrances including three interviews with Cather , literary contexts by Cather and her contemporaries, Henry James and Sarah Orne Jewett , and writings on the American West including selected letters that paint a picture of one family s life on the Nebraska prairie Criticism provides seven contemporary reviews and eight modern critical interpretations by David Stouck, John J Murphy, C Susan Wiesenthal, Marilee Lindemann, Melissa Ryan, Guy Reynolds, and Sharon O Brien.

    O Pioneers O Pioneers is a novel by American author Willa Cather, written while she was living in New York.It is the first novel of her Great Plains trilogy, followed by O Pioneers Dover Thrift Editions Willa Cather O Pioneers Dover Thrift Editions Willa Cather on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Set on the Nebraska prairie where Willa Cather grew up, this powerful early novel tells the story of the young Alexandra Bergson Pioneers O Pioneers Whitman, Walt Leaves of COME, my tan faced children, Follow well in order, get your weapons ready Have you your pistols have you your sharp edged axes Pioneers O pioneers For we cannot tarry here, Semi Pro Football St Paul Pioneers, Twin Cities Minnesota Semi Pro Football St Paul Pioneers, Twin Cities Minnesota Your NAFL National Champs now play in the NEFL, Northern Elite Football League Minneapolis St Paul Minnesota Football CLUBDEVO Welcome to the Official Site of DEVO Why is it never straight up and down Read More Blizzard Devo Emigrants To Oregon In Oregon Pioneers of Pioneers to Oregon in Emigrants to Oregon in c ompiled by Stephenie Flora oregonpioneers copyright Note members of the second, third and fourth groupsare noted with the group number preceding their names. List of pioneers in computer science Pioneers To put the list in chronological order, click the small up down icon in the Date column The Person column can also be sorted alphabetically, up down. ASCII Alphabet Characters KerryR ASCII Alphabet Characters decimal and binary values Pioneers KerryR Google Doodles Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists. Wichita High School West Home of the Pioneers Class of This is the official web site for the Wichita High School West Home of the Pioneers Class of

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      • Willa Cather

        Wilella Sibert Cather was born in Back Creek Valley Gore , Virginia, in December 7, 1873 Her novels on frontier life brought her to national recognition In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours 1922 , set during World War I She grew up in Virginia and Nebraska She then attended the University of Nebraska, initially planning to become a physician, but after writing an article for the Nebraska State Journal, she became a regular contributor to this journal Because of this, she changed her major and graduated with a bachelor s degree in English After graduation in 1894, she worked in Pittsburgh as writer for various publications and as a school teacher for approximately 13 years, thereafter moving to New York City for the remainder of her life She traveled widely and often spent summers in New Brunswick, Canada In later life, she experienced much negative criticism for her conservative politics and became reclusive, burning some of her letters and personal papers, including her last manuscript She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1943 In 1944, Cather received the gold medal for fiction from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, an award given once a decade for an author s total accomplishments She died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 73 in New York City.


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    1. I was entranced by the Nebraska prairie and a wonderful leading woman, living a century ago: a time and place I have never been, but which leaped from the pages, with simple craftsmanship, to sculpt the landscape of my mind’s eye, as Alexandra transformed both her fields and the lives of those around her.The final thirteen pages felt written by or about a different person, not the author and protagonist I thought I knew. Prairie SpringThe novel opens with a poem contrasting the harsh landscape [...]


    2. Alexandra Bergson, at a young age , has to take care of her family and farm, in Nebraska, with the untimely death of their father John, he wished his oldest child ( and smartest ), to guide the poor immigrants from Sweden in the 1880's, everyone agrees at first, struggling on the harsh prairie, are also brothers Lou, Oscar and five year old Emil, her pet, the mother knows little about farming An endless drought soon after begins , the Sun baking the soil , the crops withering for lack of rain, y [...]


    3. Alexandra looked at him mournfully. “I try to be more liberal about such things than I used to be. I try to realize that we are not all made alike.”Everything in O Pioneers! is beauty to me. I am so in love with this book. Maybe it is because I have it in my brain that pioneers by definition suck that Willa Cather always catches me by surprise and turns me upside down. It’s like walking through an alien landscape and then running into my best friend. I thought what I would find was Michael [...]


    4. Can we even imagine what it was like for the early homesteaders and pioneers, arriving (most likely) from somewhere in Europe in a last-ditch effort to make something out of nothing? There it is before them – a vast, lonely, rolling plain of earth meeting a vast, lonely, infinite sky. Where does one even begin?In this novel, Willa Cather takes us on a journey where we see exactly where it begins – with sod huts or log cabins or some form of shelter. Then comes the dawn to dark labour of brea [...]


    5. "The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman."I don't know why I haven't read this before -- it seems like the kind of novel I should have been assigned in 9th grade -- but I'm glad I read it as an adult because I wouldn't have appreciated it as much when I was younger. I am from the Midwest and my grandparents were farmers, and I loved Willa Cather's stories about what it was like for the pioneers in Nebraska. I liked Cather's spare writing style; she gives just the rig [...]


    6. Isn't it queer: there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years.If you've read Willa Cather's famous My Antonia, you're already aware of the Bohemian community, those farming pioneers of the American frontier she writes about. The young Swede protagonist of this novel, Alexandra Bergson, is familiar; she grows up t [...]


    7. Once again, a second time, I was at the mercy of Willa Cather's writing, and closed this book with a feeling of accomplishment: as a reader as well as a human being.In my world, more than a century after this novel was written, we still battle nature on a daily basis and we are aware that nature will return the moment we leave this little piece of earth for a respite. With seed, roots and rain, the stories of ages of human history will be covered in an instant, wiped away as though we never walk [...]


    8. This book gets high marks from the critics, and One of Ours won the Pulitzer Prize, but of all her prairie novels, My Ántoniais my favorite. But they are all well written, all very readable, all worth reading.


    9. Rating: 3.75* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Set on the Nebraska prairie where Willa Cather (1873–1947) grew up, this powerful early novel tells the story of the young Alexandra Bergson, whose dying father leaves her in charge of the family and of the lands they have struggled to farm. In Alexandra's long flight to survive and succeed, O Pioneers! relates an important chapter in the history of the American frontier.Evoking the harsh grandeur of the prairie, this landmark of American fiction unfurl [...]


    10. Beginning with simplicity, innocence and hope, Willa Cather runs her pioneers through the ring of fire that is the hallmark of the pioneer's life and only some of them survive.Perhaps I've made that sound more exciting than O Pioneers! actually is. There are far too many dull scenes in this book for me to call it a perfect classic, but it is a solid addition to American western frontier literature. Writing from her experiences, Cather populated her novel with Scandinavian immigrants, gave them b [...]


    11. Alexandra Bergson may just be my favorite female protagonist. Holy Moly was I impressed with the strength of this book - considering the time period that it was crafted in. The Bergson's own a farm in Hanover, Nebraska and while most of the world is moving away from farmland and towards the new technology and quite literally moving closer to the river. Alex puts her foot down and takes control of her family's farm. Despite having 2 older brothers (Lou & Oscar- dimwits!) and 1 younger brother [...]


    12. Where has Willa Cather been all my reading life? Until fairly recently, I'd never heard of her. Now that I've read just one of her novels, I want to read more. This short novel is centred on Alexandra Bergson, the daughter of Swedish immigrants whose intelligence and hard work brings her success as a farmer in a rural area of early 20th century Nebraska. It's a deceptively simple novel, with a third person narrative progressed in chronological order. However, even though Cather's narrative style [...]


    13. I was enraptured by Cather's smooth prose, the beautifully woven descriptions of the land with its double facet; hostile wilderness and source of livelihood; I warmed to all the characters, who were exquisitely painted in relation to the different degrees of understanding of the land, I fell prey to the nostalgic hues that tinted the story, its cinematic texture; but when I turned the last page of the book, I felt part of the magic disappeared by Alexandra's conservative morals. (view spoiler)[ [...]


    14. Willa Cather appears to write so effortlessly or, perhaps, I should say, her prose reads so effortlessly. Her characters ring true and the land looms over them all. Of course Cather lived on that prairie and knew that land. Cather knew farm families like the Bergsons and possibly a woman like Alexandra Bergson, whose life was fully formed and influenced by the land.There are different views of the land's influence on its people: "John Bergson had the Old-World belief that land, in itself, is des [...]


    15. I remember putting Death Comes for the Archbishop back on the library shelf when I was kid, thinking it sounded boring. Perhaps that preconception stuck with me, because this is the first Cather I've read. It is far from boring. The prose seems effortless, the pages turn quickly and I became invested in the characters.Over the weekend, while in Jackson, Mississippi, I came across a quoted conversation (in the Mississippi Writers Exhibit in the public library renamed the Eudora Welty Library) tha [...]


    16. Este es otro libro para sentir más que para dejarse llevar por la trama, es muy cortito, sencillo pero TAN evocador. Habla de gente corriente, de trabajadores y de mujeres emprendedoras a más no poder. El final me ha desconcertado un poco pero en general me ha parecido una delicida de lectura (y además me ha enganchado muchísimo, justo lo que necesitaba).


    17. I don’t know how, but I got through all of high school and college in America without reading a word of Willa Cather. It all worked out for the best though, since ten years ago I would have probably found her work like, totally boring and about farming and the human condition, or whatever.I picked up My Antonia a few months ago and loved it to bits - to me, nothing beats stories written in ordinary language about ordinary people. Mix in some bleak, sweeping plains, some overtly lesbian action, [...]


    18. 5 shining stars. O Pioneers is another beautifully written book by Willa Cather. I could see the fields, landscape, orchards, animals, nature and I could feel the cold winds and biting snow. I loved Alexandra and admired her kindness, intelligence, determination, dedication and hard work. Cather's writing took me back in time and the characters became my pioneer friends and neighbours. As written on the back cover, 'One of the most important American writers of the twentieth century, Willa Cathe [...]


    19. Aunque al principio se me hizo algo lento, hubo un punto en que el libro despegó y no pude parar de leer, pero el final me volvió a desinflar. Algunos personajes me han caído terriblemente mal, por ejemplo los hermanos de Alexandra (excepto Emil), y hay otros que me han encandilado, como Carl, Ivar o Marie. Me ha gustado también que se deje ver la revolución tecnológica de aquellos tiempos y la gestión de las tierras, así como la diferencia entre los puntos de vista de la gente de campo [...]


    20. Willa Cather (1873-1947)Isn't it queer: there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years.A curious chance it is that in the midst of bitter efforts by Republican legislators in the American South to protect us all from the terrifying possibility that someone with different sexual equipment might have the temerity to [...]


    21. The prairie land of Nebraska, many immigrants from other countries flocked to the wide open spaces and land for the taking, many were defeated by the harsh conditions. Where the weather could make or break one, were intakes were most often re-paid in misfortune. Many would leave, go back to the cities and jobs in factories, but for those who stayed, made wise decisions the land would yield much.A wonderful story, beautiful but plain prose, descriptive writing, one can feel the beauty and alterna [...]


    22. "Hell, I even thought I was dead 'til I found out it was just that I was in Nebraska."-- Gene Hackman as Little Bill Daggett, UnforgivenWilla Cather's opening description of Nebraska is unlikely to find its way into the Cornhusker State's tourism bureau pamphlets. She describes the fictional town of Hanover as near to being blown away by a howling wind; she describes low drab buildings; a gray sky; a gray prairie. The Nebraska of O Pioneers! is hard, unforgiving, yet tempting; it is a land that [...]


    23. Willa Cather is a genius. There, I said it. It’s out of the way. O Pioneers! was published in 1913 and I’m convinced, had it been published just a few years later, she would’ve won the Pulitzer for it. Sadly, the prize had yet to be established when O Pioneers! was published. (It was established for fiction 5 years later, and she received it, anyway, in 1922 for One of Ours).Many factors go into making Cather such a brilliant writer but foremost, in my mind, is her ability to effortlessly [...]


    24. I read this book many times. Why? Its a beautiful book (and georgous stage play). This was the first professional-'Equity'- play our daughter was in (at the age of 9).I've want to read another Willa Cather book soon. "My Antonia" was also wonderful.A book I haven't read yet ---and would like to is: "The Professor's House". Willa Cather is a beautiful writer!


    25. I've heard about this for years. It's supposed to be a classic & I don't know exactly what I expected, but this wasn't it. There wasn't enough detail to really catch my attention. It was a bit of a character study of the strong people that built our country, but they were all caricatures. Silly, virginal love threads intertwined with tough characters in a really interesting landscape & time that didn't get nearly enough attention. A lot of good elements, but it just didn't do much for me [...]


    26. more like 3.5 stars I saw some reviews where people claimed this novel of Willa Cather's made more of an impression on them than My Antonia I can't say I agree or disagree. Both novels have their strengths in characters and plot, but Cather's writing in My Antonia simply blows O Pioneers! out of the water. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed escaping to this countryside world that Cather so colorfully described and I look forward to returning to it soon.


    27. Me ha parecido un gran relato sobre un grupo de personas, una generación, aquellos pioneros que viajaron de Europa a América en el siglo XIX para labrarse (literalmente) un futuro. De hecho, contar la historia mediante saltos temporales y elipsis me ha parecido un acierto. Willa Cather es muy hábil al crear una sensación de continuidad y de expansión constante de la historia. Al fin y al cabo, las personas solo están de paso, lo que queda es la tierra. Es interesante ver cómo ese grupo pr [...]


    28. My journey from Poole in Dorset up to London on the train and then back again yesterday was made so easy by virtue of reading this book that I did not even notice that i was 20 mins late into London in the morning and 40 mins late back into Poole last night. Well maybe a little but it was certainly made less frustrating. This was a quite wonderful novel in so many ways and the danger would be that I could collapse into cliche but I shall try to restrain myself. You know how often people talk of [...]


    29. Un libro muy tranquilo, amable que me estaba encantando hasta que llega la parte del drama que desequilibra el resto de la historia porque hasta entonces había evitado expresarlo abiertamente, se veían las rencillas y que podía "explotar" de un momento a otro, pero vamos que pensaba que iba a ser con los hermanos mayores. El final-final sí que me ha gustado, ^^.Creo que le hubiera ido mejor a la historia si se hubiera contado todo mientras Emil era pequeño, una de mis partes favoritas sin d [...]


    30. Coming back to read this book for a second time reminded me that when I first read Willa Cather – many years ago – she took me to a time and place I had known nothing about and she made me realise that there were more sides to classic writing than I had realised.Before I read her books the only American woman author I knew was Louisa May Alcott.Enthused by my new discovery I read every single book I could find in a short space of time, not really stopping to think about the arc of her storyt [...]


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