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My Ántonia

My Ántonia

by Willa Cather

An artist should have no moral purpose in mind other than just his art.

Willa Cather as managing editor of McClure's, 1908 (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Archives & Special Collections)


The W.T. Benda illustrations, reprinted as Willa Cather desired, are featured in the scholarly edition of My Ántonia, published by the University of Nebraska Press, edited by Charles Mignon with Kari A. Ronning.

Biography and Criticism

Acocella, Joan. Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.

Bennett, Mildred R. The World of Willa Cather. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995.

Lewis, Edith. Willa Cather Living: A Personal Record. Introduction by John J. Murphy. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.

O’Brien, Sharon. New Essays on My Ántonia. Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Woodress, James. Willa Cather: A Literary Life. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1987.

Especially for Teachers

Cather, Willa. Willa Cather on Writing: Critical Studies on Writing as an Art. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1988.

Curtin, William M., ed. The World and the Parish: Willa Cather’s Articles and Reviews, 1893-1902. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1970.

Murphy, John J. My Ántonia: The Road Home. Boston: Twayne, 1989.

Rosowski, Susan J., ed. Approaches to Teaching Cather's My Ántonia. New York: Modern Language Association, 1989.

Urgo, Joseph R. Willa Cather and the Myth of American Migration. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1995.


The Willa Cather Electronic Archive
This superb site includes a wonderful photo gallery, as well as interviews, speeches, and biographical information.

The Willa Cather Foundation
Teachers will find many helpful links to the study and teaching of Willa Cather.

Nebraska Studies
The perfect website if you are interested in deepening your students’ understanding of the pioneer experience in Nebraska.

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