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Published in 1918, My Ántonia is very unique that it draws upon techniques of Romanticism, Realism and early Modernism. It is the story of a young boy, Jim Burden, in Nebraska, who meets a young immigrant girl, Ántonia, from Bohemia (current day Czec ...more
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