Title Profile & Character Information

My Antonia

Annotation
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Of Ántonia, the passionate and majestic central character in Willa Cather’s greatest novel, the narrator, Jim Burden, says that she left “images in the mind that did not fade–that grew stronger with time.” The same is true of the book in which Cather enshrines her heroine. On one level,My Ántoniais a straight'forward narrative, written in limpid prose of uncanny descriptive accuracy, about the struggles endured by a family of immigrant pioneers and the small community that surrounds them on the unsettled Nebraska plains. On another, it is a novel that represents a perfect marriage of form and feeling.

In its magnificent tableaux of human beings caught in the toils of an abundant and overpowering natural world, and in the quiet, understated sympathy it displays for life of every sort,My Ántoniais a novel that effortlessly encompasses history and wilderness and the destiny of the individual–even as it lovingly and unsentimentally portrays a woman whose robust spirit and enduring warmth make her emblematic of what Cather most admired in the American people.

Characters
NameBurden, Jim
GendersMale
 Male
TraitsOrphan
Orphan

NameShimerda, Antonia
GendersFemale
 Female
OccupationsFarmer
 Farmer
TraitsBohemian
Immigrant
Married
Mother
Bohemian
Immigrant
Married
Mother

GenreDomestic
Historical
Literary
Classic
Fiction
TopicsFarm life
Orphans
Pioneer life
Neighbors
Childhood friendship
Childhood memories
Immigrants
Suicide
Social classes
Hardship
Survival
Farm life
Orphans
Pioneer life
Neighbors
Childhood friendship
Childhood memories
Immigrants
Suicide
Social classes
Hardship
Survival
SettingNebraska
Nebraska
Frontier
Prairie
Frontier
Prairie