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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $14.5
  • December 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92466-4
  • 5.1 × 8.4 in / 496 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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    List of Illustrations



    A Note on the Text

    The Text of O Pioneers!

    Contexts and Backgrounds


    1. Elizabeth Sergeant [From Willa Cather: A Memoir’]
    2. 1913 Interview
    3. 1915 Interview
    4. 1921 Interview
    5. Latrobe Carroll – “Willa Sibert Cather”
    6. Dorothy Canfield Fischer – “Willa Cather, Daughter of the Frontier”
    7. Willa Cather – “Preface” to Alexander’s Bridge
    8. Willa Cather – “My First Novels: There Were Two”


    1. Willa Cather – “Peter”
    2. Willa Cather – “A Wagner Matinee”
    3. Willa Cather – [On Henry James]
    4. Henry James – From “The Lesson of the Master”
    5. Edith Wharton – From The House of Mirth
    6. Willa Cather – “The Willing Muse”
    7. Sarah Orne Jewett – [Letters to Willa Cather]
    8. Willa Cather – “Miss Jewett”
    9. Sarah Orne Jewett – “A White Heron”
    10. Willa Cather – From Alexander’s Bridge
    11. Willa Cather – “The Bohemian Girl”
    12. Willa Cather – [On Whitman]
    13. Walt Whitman – “Pioneers! O Pionners!”


    1. The Oblinger Letters – Library of Congress, “American Memory” site
    2. Everett Dick – [From The Sod-House Frontier]
    3. Frederick Jackson Turner – [From “The Significance of the Frontier in American History”]
    4. Willa Cather – “Nebraska: The End of the First Cycle”
    5. Joseph Alexis – From “Swedes in Nebraksa” (paper read at the annual meeting of the Nebraska State Historical Society, January 22, 1914)
    6. Sarka B. Hrbkova – “Bohemians in Nebraska (Publications of the Nebraska State Historical Society, 19)
    7. Rose Rosicky – From A History of the Czechs (Bohemians) in Nebraska
    8. Mike Fischer – [From “Willa Cather and the Burden of Imperialism”]



    1. From Boston Evening Transcript
    2. From Chicago Evening Post
    3. From McClure’s Magazine
    4. From Bookman
    5. From Lincoln Sunday State Journal
    6. From Nation
    7. From New York Times Book Review


    1. David Stouck – [Willa Cather and the Epic]
    2. John J. Murphy – [Biblical and Literary Contexts in O Pioneers!]
    3. Sharon O’Brien – [Gender and Creativity in O Pioneers!]
    4. C. Susan Wiesenthal – ‘Female Sexuality in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! and the Era of
    5. Scientific Sociology: A Dialogue between Frontiers”
    6. Marilee Lindemann – [From “Introduction” to O Pioneers!]
    7. Melissa Ryan – “The Enclosure of America: Civilization and Confinement in O Pioneers!
    8. Guy Reynolds – [Willa Cather and the Pioneer Myth]

    Willa Cather: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography