Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather (1873–1947) spent her formative years in Nebraska, which was at that time frontier territory. Her exposure to the region's dramatic environment & intrinsic hardships — along with its diverse population of European-Americans, Native Americans, & immigrants — shaped & informed much of her fiction.
"What's interesting about My Antonia is how it manages to function as a perfectly inviting story for young readers, & how an adult willing to revisit it with a more developed critical eye can appreciate it for the subtly sophisticated narrative it truly is. Great fun for kids, psychologically captivating for grownups." (NPR)