My Antonia Throughout the Years
“No question, Miss Cather has written a book of singular beauty and simplicity, in which her power of giving the essence of a community is united with a beautiful capacity for character creation.”
So ends the review run on November 2, 1918 in the Chicago Tribune when My Antonia by Willa Cather was first published. Eighty-four years later, My Antonia was chosen to be the Fall 2002 One Book One Chicago selection.
Want to see the original review from the Chicago Tribune? If you have a Chicago Public Library card in good standing you should be able to access the review through from the Chicago Tribune Historical Database here.
My Antonia was also adapted into a made-for-TV movie in 1995 starring Neal Patrick Harris which was screened as part of the One Book One Chicago events in Fall 2002 at theDePaul University Student Center.
If you would like to learn even more about this remarkable author, the Chicago Public Library also hosted screenings of the C-SPAN documentary called “Writings of Willa Cather”. The transcript of “Writings of Willa Cather” is available online along with a streaming video of the documentary here.
And here is one of our favorite actresses, Joan Allen, reading from the book at a program presented by the Chicago Public Library and Steppenwolf Theatre.