O Pioneers! is the first book in the “Prairie Trilogy” of Nebraska author Willa Cather. Published in 1913, the story follows a family of Swedish immigrants homesteading on the prairie. The second and third books are “The Song of the Lark” and “My Antonia“.
Willa Cather (1873-1947), was born in Virginia and moved to the Nebraska prairie with her family at age 9 in 1883. Her family settled in Red Cloud which is just outside of the Southeast Nebraska region but she was no stranger to Southeast Nebraska as she moved to Lincoln in 1890 to enroll in the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. There she began her writing and publishing career and also befriended General John J. Pershing. She graduated in 1894 with a bachelors degree in English. Following graduation she moved to the East Coast where she would live for the rest of her life, returning only to Nebraska and Red Cloud a few more times. She is considered one of our most notable Nebraska and American Pulitzer Prize winning authors.
You may have read the books before in school or maybe you are new to Willa Cathers’ writing. You can read her prairie trilogy on Amazon Kindle for Free with kindleunlimited at the following links.
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The University of Nebraska has also digitized all of her writing including thousands of documents and correspondence and the Prairie Trilogy which can be found in the following link: The Willa Cather Archive – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
And you can also learn more about Willa Cather and visit the National Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud in the following link: National Willa Cather Center – Red Cloud, Nebraska