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O Pioneers!

O Pioneers!
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Volume 12 of the Wiseblood Classics Series, paperback, 188 pages. 

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"And now the old story has begun to write itself over there," said Carl softly. "Isn't it queer: there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes for thousands of years."  -- Willa Cather, O Pioneers!


With O PIONEERS!, the first novel of The Great Plains Trilogy, Willa Cather proved her fierce and humble talent. A tale of the Nebraskan prairie land as encountered by Swedish, Czech, French, and Bohemian immigrants, Cather's novel is an epic that traces stubborn American pioneers as they wrestle with and --in some cases-- are defeated by, the plains.

Swedish immigrant Alexandra Bergson inherits her father's farm and must morph it from raw prairie into a prosperous enterprise. Bergson is the first of Cather's great heroines, but the land, or, as Cather calls it, the "wild land," is also an immensely important character...  In O PIONEERS! descriptions of the land are so evocative, lush, and moving that they provoked writer Rebecca West to say: "The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world almost as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us."


Willa Sibert Cather (1873– 1947) was an American author who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, in works such as O Pioneers!My Ántonia, and The Song of the Lark.  In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours (1922), a novel set during World War I.   (Source: Wikipedia)


Wiseblood Books is a publishing line particularly favorable toward works of fiction, poetry, and philosophy that render truths with what Flannery O'Connor called an unyielding "realism of distances." Such works find redemption in uncanny places and people; wrestle us from the tyranny of boredom; mock the pretensions of respectability; engage the hidden mysteries of the human heart, be they sources of either violence or courage; articulate faith and doubt in their incarnate complexity; dare an unflinching gaze at human beings as "political animals"; and suffer through this world's trials without forfeiting hope. Our WISEBLOOD CLASSICS series brings hard-to-find works back into being and introduces great books to a new generation. 
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