My ntonia, by Willa Cather, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. No romantic novel ever written in America . . . is one half so beautiful as My ntonia. H. L. Mencken Widely recognized as Willa Cather s greatest novel, My ntonia is a soulful and rich portrait of a pioneer woman s simple yet heroic life. The spirited daughter of Bohemian immigrants, ntonia must adapt to a hard existence on the desolate prairies of the Midwest. Enduring childhood poverty, teenage seduction, and family tragedy, she eventually becomes a wife and mother on a Nebraska farm. A fictional record of how women helped forge the communities that formed a nation, My ntonia is also a hauntingly eloquent celebration of the strength, courage, and spirit of America s early pioneers.Gordon Tapper is Assistant Professor of English at DePauw University. He is the author of The Machine That Sings: Modernism, Hart Crane, and the Culture of the Body, from Routledge.