By Willa Cather
One of Willa Cather's most famous and loved novels, O PIONEERS!, is a magnificent celebration of life and the noble pioneer spirit that coursed through the native land Cather so admired.
Alexandra Bergson is the eldest child of a Swedish immigrant family newly arrived in the harsh untamed landscape of the American West. An original, determined child, she is driven by two forces: her fierce protective love for her younger brother, and a deep love of the beautiful country she has come to regard as her own. When her father dies, it is she who becomes the head of the family and struggles to soften the wild overgrown soil that surrounds her, nurturing it until, finally, it rewards her with a richness beyond measure..
Willa Cather (1873-1947) was born in Virginia where for generations her ancestors farmed land. She became a teacher and journalist and is one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.
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07 Sep 2006
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She is undoubtedly one of the twentieth century's greatest American writers — OBSERVER
Her voice, laconical and richly sensuous, sings out with a note of unequivocal love for the people she is setting down on the page — MARINA WARNER
The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world almost as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us — REBECCA WEST
Willa Cather's second novel is abundant with interwoven themes. In one respect Cather bears witness to the early 20th-century Pioneers. The farmer taming the wild Northern States of America, battling with the elements and an unforgiving land to create a — JON SMITH, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW