Cather’s O Pioneers!

“The rattle of her wagon was lost in the howling of the wind, but her lantern, held firmly between her feet, made a moving point of light along the highway, going deeper and deeper into the dark country.”

If you assume from this sentence that Alexandra is a strong young woman, then you’d be right. In Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!, she writes of the immigrant farming experience in the plains states. The wind may be howling but Alexandra remains a bright light in the dark.

Cather is known for her novels depicting this unique period in American history. I think she’s a must-read to understand the frontier life. After all, she was honored on a postage stamp!

One comment

  • Terrence
    April 3, 2008 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Ah, a reader. If the literary version of global warming heats up to, say Fahrenheit 451, I’ll be in touch.

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