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Online Texts
myantonia126In addition to the online texts we’ve made available below, we encourage you to visit The Willa Cather Archive for a more complete, comprehensive collection of Cather’s online work. This site allows readers access to first editions, scholarly editions, pre-1912 short fiction, interviews, speeches, public letters, non-fiction, journalism, and student writing.









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The Troll Garden and Selected Stories (1905)

In the stories that comprise The Troll Garden, her first book, Willa Cather evokes the devastated, romantic dreams that haunt her characters. Artists, inveterate sentimentalists, hungering beauties, and demon-ridden ascetics find themselves torn between the need to confess and keep secret ...

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Song of the Lark (1915)

From the childhood of a little Swedish girl in a small town in Colorado to the triumphal emergence of a Wagnerian star, Willa Cather tells the story of Thea Kronborg in The Song of the Lark. It is the story of the woman as well as the artist, of the human desire for love and understanding ...

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One of Ours

Claude Wheeler, the sensitive, aspiring protagonist of this beautifully modulated novel, resembles the youngest son of a peculiarly American fairy tale. His fortune is ready-made for him, but he refuses to settle for it. Alienated from his crass father and pious mother, all but rejected by...

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O Pioneers!

"The land belongs to the future...that's the way it seems to me...I might as well try to will the sunset over there to my brother's children. We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it-- for a little while."O Pioneers...

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My Antonia

"No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as My Antonia."In this symphonically powerful and magnificently observed novel, Willa Cather created one of the most winning heroines in American fiction, a woman whose robust high spirits and calm, unde...

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Alexander's Bridge

When Alexander's Bridge appeared in 1912, it was described as "the story of a great engineer who has reached the crisis in his life when success and responsibility have begun to fret and weary a restless, energetic nature inherently impatient of restraint. Alexander tries to shake himself ...

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