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Essays on My Antonia

by Willa Cather

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Author

Willa Cather

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Country

United States

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Original language

English

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Genre

Historical fiction

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Publication date

1918

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Major Characters

Emmaline Burden, Ántonia Shimerda, Jimmy Burden, Josiah Burden, Lena Lingard

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Setting

Black Hawk, Nebraska

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Plot

The novel is centered on the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia Shimerda. They are each brought as children to be pioneers in Nebraska towards the end of the 19th century.

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The character of Antonia Shimerda is based upon Annie Pavelka, a real-life childhood friend of Cather's.

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