- Willa Cather (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Willa Cather (Dictionary of World Biography: The 20th Century)
- Willa Cather (Identities & Issues in Literature)
- Willa Cather (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- Willa Cather (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Willa Cather
- First Published: 1918
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Romance
- Time of Work: The 1880’s to the 1910’s
- Setting: Rural Nebraska
- Characters: Ántonia Shimerda, Jim Burden, Lena Lingard, Tiny Soderball, Mr. Shimerda, Mrs. Shimerda, Ambrosch Shimerda, Cuzak
- Genres: Long fiction, Bildungsroman, Regional fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Maturation or coming of age, North America or North Americans, United States or Americans, Memory, Love or romance, Suicide, Twentieth century, Nature, Nineteenth century, Rural or country life, Friendship, Midwest, Manners or customs, Social life, Ethnic relations, Immigration or emigration, Farms, farmers, or farming, Greed, Separation, Frontier or pioneer life, Nebraska, Nostalgia
- Locales: United States, North America, New York, New York, Lincoln, Nebraska
Form and Content
Jim Burden, a middle-aged, successful New York railway lawyer with a sterile marriage and a host of nostalgic memories, writes his reminiscences about his rural Nebraska youth. These reminiscences are My Ántonia, a coming-of-age story, but not primarily the story of Burden’s coming-of-age. His early life provides the plot’s framework. After three years on his grandparents’ farm, he moves with them to the prairie town of Black Hawk. From there he will go to college, law school, and his career in New York. Burden’s memories, however, center more...
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