Annotations for My Antonia
Baker & Taylor
Depicts the pioneering period of European settlement in the American prairie through the stories of Jim Burden and Antonia Shimerda, who is the embodiment of the pioneer spirit.
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C is for Cather. My Ántonia is considered one of the most significant American novels of the twentieth century. Set during the great migration west to settle the plains of the North American continent, the narrative follows Antonia Shimerda, a pioneer who comes to Nebraska as a child and grows with the country, inspiring a childhood friend, Jim Burden, to write her life story. The novel is important both for its literary aesthetic and as a portrayal of important aspects of American social ideals and history, particularly the centrality of migration to American culture.