Member Blogs > Books Tell You WhyNothing But Land: A Literary Tour of the Great Plains

  • Fri, 08 Jul 2016 08:00:00    Permalink
    Willa Cather.

    “A place where there was nothing but land: not a country at all, but the materials out of which countries were made.”

    A bleak sentiment, yes, but perhaps one that has been the basis for some of the most stark, intimate, and revealing writing in the American literary tradition. Taken from the mind of Jim Burden, the central character in Willa Cather’s masterpiece novel, My Antonia (1918), this moment expresses a place where imagination, creativity, and fortitude are not merely boons to intellectual survival: they’re essential. But perhaps it makes sense that these aforementioned qualities are also often found in the lives and stories of some of America’s most famous authors.

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