My Antonia and Willa Cather

Willa Cather wrote novels about the American Midwest. She won the the Pulitzer Prize in 1922. She died in 1947.

Willa Cather wrote novels about the American Midwest. She won the the Pulitzer Prize in 1922. She died in 1947.

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My Antonia is the much-loved novel by American writer Willa Cather...a novel that is most celebrated as an intimate portrait of a prairie landscape. It's a story of the land and the seasons ... of a time when the rhythms of life and work followed the march of the seasons. And My Antonia is very much a book of winter ... a time of tragedy ... a hard, brittle cold ... and the comforts of huddling around a wood stove in the middle of a kitchen, listening to stories while a frigid wind howls outside. 
WillaGravestone350.jpgAbove all else, My Antonia is a novel that never fully departs once read. The world of Jim Burden and Antonia Shimerda is easily conjured again in the minds of its fortunate readers.
And that's why, 95 years after it was published, we're still talking about My Antonia.

Canadian actor R. H. Thomson reads from the first chapter of My Antonia and Michael Enright speaks to Susan Maher, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at University of Minnesota in  Duluth, and the President of the Willa Cather Foundation.

This item first aired in January, 2013.

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