'My Ántonia' evokes the Nebraska prairie life of Willa Cather's childhood, and commerates the spirit and courage of immigrant pioneers in America. One of Cather's earliest novels, written in 1918, it is the story of Antonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebrasca frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. Her story is told through the eyes of Jim Burden , a neighbor who will befriend Ántonia, teach her English and follow the remarkable story of her life. Working in the fields, Ántonia forges the durable spirit that will carry her through the challenges she faces when she moves to the city. But only when she returns to the prairie does she recover her strenght and regain a sense of purpose in life. in the quiet, probing depth of Willa Carther's art, her story becomes a moving elegy to those whose persistence and strenght helped built the american frontier.