A novel is just a glimpse, a framed and sometimes fragmented exploration into the depths of memory, psychology, time and place. Graves of Travellers, Fort Kearny, Nebraska by Worthington Whittredge (1866 Willa Cather's My Ántonia (pronounced "an-ton-ee-yuh" as in the name Anthony) is one of the seminal works of the great American pastoral tradition, similar … Continue reading Modernism in My Ántonia
I recently detoured from reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels to venture into the harsh but pleasantly forgiving fields of Willa Cather's pioneers on the prairie. "Wasatch Mountains and Great Plains in distance, Nebraska" by Albert Bierstadt in 1877 When Willa Cather was thirty-nine years old she wrote her first novel, Alexander's Bridge, which was published … Continue reading The Harsh But Forgiving Prairie in O Pioneers!
One of Ours is a surprisingly deep and powerful novel. In truth, it is two stories told in five parts: Book I "On Lovely Creek", Book II "Enid", Book III "Sunrise on the Prairie", Book IV "The Voyage of the Anchises", Book V "Bidding the Eagles of the West Fly On". The title of Book … Continue reading The Pioneer Spirit in One of Ours