What Do I Read Next?
Dee Brown’s 1970 book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West is read by students, scholars, and history enthusiasts as one of the foremost treatments of the nineteenth-century American Indian experience. Although this book only covers 1860 to 1890, it will give students a better understanding of the early Anglo approach to Native American civilizations in America.
Cather’s My Ántonia (1918) is set in Nebraska and told from a male point of view. It is the story of Ántonia, a pioneer woman struggling against the challenges of her surroundings in a time when women enjoyed less freedom that they do today. Considered a classic, this novel is one of Cather’s most widely read works.
Willa Cather: Stories, Poems, and Other Writings (1992) contains samples of Cather’s short fiction, poetry, and literary commentary. Her subject matter is wide-ranging, and students find that Cather is much more than the voice of the American frontier.
Translated by Ruth Butler, Journal of Paul Du Ru, February 1 to May 8, 1700 (1997) relates the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in Louisiana in very early America. In addition to his missionary duties, Du Ru helped explore the area for possible French settlement.