Willa Cather: My Ántonia

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My Ántonia (1918) is Willa Cather’s most popular and critically acclaimed novel. While working on The Song of the Lark, Cather spent part of the summer of 1914 in her hometown of Red Cloud, Nebraska, catching up with old friends like Annie Sadilek Pavelka and the Miner family (Ántonia and the Harlings in My Ántonia) (Letter to Sergeant, 15 Aug. 1914; Lee, 1989, 137). Two years later, after spending the summer in New Mexico and visiting Mesa Verde, she made a more extensive visit to Red Cloud. Between August and late November of that year, she helped cook and clean for her family, as her mother was sick at the time, and she relaxed by driving into the country to visit old friends.

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Moseley, Ann. "My Ántonia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 October 2012
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