O Pioneers! - Willa Cather - 1913 - Research Article from Literary Themes: The American Dream

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O Pioneers! - Willa Cather - 1913

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Willa Cather's 1913 novel, O Pioneers!, breathes new life into the American dream narrative using the landscape of the wild Nebraska prairie and a heroic female pioneer to tell a unique American immigrant success story. The title is taken from Walt Whitman's "Pioneers! O Pioneers!", a poem that, like the book, celebrates the spirit of the American frontier. Unlike pioneer tales told from the male perspective—including Whitman's poem—O Pioneers! focuses on the powerful connection women have with the land and how that connection affects the settler experience.

Inspired by her own childhood spent on the prairies of Nebraska, Cather began writing her first Nebraska stories after essayist, fiction writer, and acquaintance Sara Orne Jewett advised her in a letter in 1908 to "find your own quiet...

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