O Pioneers!

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Oxford University Press, UK, Mar 4, 1999 - Fiction - 179 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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Review: O Pioneers! (Great Plains Trilogy #1)

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Tough one to rate because I switched back and forth between traditional book with text and audio book format, one of the two I enjoyed a lot more than the other. I enjoyed reading it more than I ... Read full review

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

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I really enjoyed this novel. Maybe because I am, myself, a Midwestern girl. Though I am from Milwaukee, a good sized city, one does not have to travel more than 10 minutes and one is in good farm ... Read full review

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Marilee Lindemann is Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland.

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