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Regional novel by Willa Cather, published in 1913. It is known for its vivid portrayal of the hardships of prairie life and of the struggle of immigrant pioneer women.
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Partly based on Cather's Nebraska childhood, it reflects her belief in the primacy of spiritual and moral values over the purely material. Its heroine, Alexandra Bergson, exemplifies the courage and purpose Cather felt were necessary to subdue the wild land. The title is taken from Walt Whitman's "Pioneers! O Pioneers!" which, like the novel, celebrates
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O Pioneers!
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the frontier virtues of inner strength and spirit.

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