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9780764586514

CliffsNotesTM on Cather's My Ántonia

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    9780764586514

  • ISBN10:

    0764586513

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-12-01
  • Publisher: Cliffs Notes
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Summary

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background.In CliffsNotes on My Antonia, you follow the story of Jim, an orphaned boy who travels to Nebraska to live with his grandparents. Upon arriving, Jim meets the uplifting, spirited daughter of a Bohemian immigrant family that plans to farm on nearby, untamed land.Honoring and celebrating the immigrant settlers of the American plains, Willa Cather's novel also succeeds as one of the finest romantic stories written in the United States. Other features that help you figure out this important work include Life and background of the author Analyses of a large cast of characters A brief synopsis of the novel Critical essays A review section that tests your knowledge and suggests essay topics A resource center that leads you to more great books and websitesClassic literature or modern-day treasure you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Author Biography

About the Authors Susan Van Kirk holds a B.A. from Knox College and an M.Ed. from the University of Illinois. She has taught English for 30 years in Monmouth, Illinois. David Kubicek received an M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Table of Contents

Life and Background of the Author
1(9)
Early Childhood (1873-1884)
2(1)
Early Formal Education (1884-1890)
3(1)
Advanced Education (1890-1895)
3(2)
A Career in Journalism (1896-1912)
5(1)
The Creative Years (1912-1927)
6(2)
Last Years (1927-1947)
8(2)
Introduction to the Novel
10(13)
A Brief Synopsis
11(4)
List of Characters
15(6)
Character Map
21(1)
Genealogy Map
22(1)
Critical Commentaries
23(45)
Introduction
24(1)
Summary
24(1)
Commentary
24(1)
The Shimerdas: Chapters I-IV
25(1)
Summary
25(1)
Commentary
26(2)
Glossary
28(2)
The Shimerdas: Chapters V-VIII
30(1)
Summary
30(1)
Commentary
31(1)
Glossary
32(2)
The Shimerdas: Chapters IX-XII
34(1)
Summary
34(1)
Commentary
35(1)
Glossary
36(1)
The Shimerdas: Chapter XIII
37(1)
Summary
37(1)
Commentary
37(1)
Glossary
37(1)
The Schimerdas: Chapters XIV-XVI
38(1)
Summary
38(1)
Commentary
39(1)
Glossary
40(1)
The Shimerdas: Chapters XVII-XVIII
41(1)
Summary
41(1)
Commentary
42(1)
Glossary
42(1)
The Shimerdas: Chapter XIX
43(1)
Summary
43(1)
Commentary
43(1)
Glossary
44(1)
The Hired Girls: Chapters I-IV
45(1)
Summary
45(1)
Commentary
46(1)
Glossary
46(2)
The Hired Girls: Chapters V-VII
48(1)
Summary
48(1)
Commentary
49(1)
Glossary
50(1)
The Hired Girls: Chapters VIII-X
51(1)
Summary
51(1)
Commentary
51(1)
Glossary
52(2)
The Hired Girls: Chapters XI-XV
54(1)
Summary
54(2)
Commentary
56(1)
Glossary
57(1)
Lena Lingard: Chapters I-IV
58(1)
Summary
58(1)
Commentary
59(1)
Glossary
60(1)
The Pioneer Woman's Story: Chapters I-IV
61(1)
Summary
61(1)
Commentary
62(2)
Cuzak's Boys: Chapters I-III
64(1)
Summary
64(1)
Commentary
65(1)
Glossary
66(2)
Character Analyses
68(11)
Antonia Shimerda Cuzak
69(2)
Jim Burden
71(1)
Anton Cuzak
72(1)
Mr. Shimerda
73(2)
Mrs. Shimerda
75(1)
Lena Lingard and Tiny Soderball
76(3)
Critical Essays
79(10)
The Real Antonia
80(3)
My Antonia and Autobiography
83(2)
The Two Introductions
85(1)
Willa Cather's Art
86(3)
Cliffs Notes Review 89(8)
Index 97

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