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My Antonia

The following collection of thematically related readings is available in My Antonia and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

"Prairie Town" by William Stafford
(from Stories That Could Be True: New and Collected Poems, © 1977)
Summary: The speaker of this poem looks back on the prairie he left.

"If There Be Sorrow" by Mari Evans
(from I Am A Black Woman, © 1970)
Summary: The speaker of this poem discusses various kinds of regret for the past.

"On the Divide" by Willa Cather
Summary: This story contains an early version of the character Lena Lingard.

Excerpt from The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Buferd, © 1977
Summary: This excerpt from an oral history describes the hardships of pioneer life.

"Night on the Prairies" by Walt Whitman
Summary: The speaker of this poem walks on the prairie at night and ponders space and eternity.

"The Chrysanthemums" by John Steinbeck
(from The Long Valley, © 1937)
Summary: Like Antonia, the main character of this story is a strong woman who likes to work as hard as a man. She is also successful at growing a garden.