O Pioneers!

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Oxford University Press, UK, Mar 4, 1999 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Willa Cather's second novel, O Pioneers! (1913) tells the story of Alexandra Bergson and her determination to save her immigrant family's Nebraska farm. By placing a strong, self-reliant woman at the centre of her tale, Cather gives the quintessentially American novel of the soil a radical cast. Yet, although influenced by the democratic utopianism of Walt Whitman and the serene regionalism of Sarah Orne Jewett, O Pioneers! is more than merely an elegy for the lost glories of America's pioneer past. In its rage for order and efficiency, the novel testifies to the cultural politics of the Progressive Era, the period of massive social and economic transformations that helped to modernize the United States in the years between the Civil War and World War. - ;`For the first time, perhaps, since that land emerged from the waters of geologic ages, a human face was set toward it with love and yearning. It seemed beautiful to her, rich and strong and glorious.' Willa Cather's second novel, O Pioneers! (1913) tells the story of Alexandra Bergson and her determination to save her immigrant family's Nebraska farm. Clear-headed and fiercely independent, Alexandra's passionate faith in the prairie makes her a wealthy landowner. By placing a strong, self-reliant woman at the centre of her tale, Cather gives the quintessentially American novel of the soil a radical cast. Yet, although influenced by the democratic utopianism of Walt Whitman and the serene regionalism of Sarah Orne Jewett, O Pioneers! is more than merely an elegy for the lost glories of America's pioneer past. In its rage for order and efficiency, the novel testifies to the cultural politics of the Progressive Era, the period of massive social and economic transformations that helped to modernize the United States in the years between the Civil War and World War. -

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Vivid imagery with poetic prose style. - Goodreads
This book was very hard to read. - Goodreads
Brilliant, brilliant writing. - Goodreads
Great insight into early Nebraskan pioneers. - Goodreads
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Review: O Pioneers! (Great Plains Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Incredible writing. This has become an instant favorite of mine. In a lot of ways, Willa Cather reminds me of a female Steinbeck. Her thoughts on the relationship between man and land are just wonderful. Read full review

Review: O Pioneers! (Great Plains Trilogy #1)

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Patriarchy is gross! "I try to realized that we are not all made alike." "Everyone could see that his proud heart was bleeding for somebody." Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Marilee Lindemann is Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland.

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