It is interesting to be reminded of this: "Otherwise, the American dream was available to anyone who could pay a 50-cent tax (about $12 in current dollars) and was not a “convict, lunatic, idiot or any person unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge.”

It makes me wonder how the Shimerdas got their son Marek past the immigration officers.  Was he based on a real person?  Has anyone investigated this issue?  May I call "dibs" if nobody has yet?!

Susan Lynn Meyer
Department of English, Wellesley College, Wellesley MA 02481
Recent books: 
Matzah Belowstairs (Lerner, Kar-Ben Books 2019). 
Skating with the Statue of Liberty (Penguin Random House 2016).
New Shoes (Holiday House 2015).

Recent awards:
New York State Charlotte Award.
Jane Addams Peace Award. 
NAACP Image Award Nominee.  

On Sat, Jul 20, 2019 at 12:36 PM Maria Cristina Giorcelli <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Thank you! Cristina

Prof. Cristina Giorcelli

Full Professor Emerita of American Literature

University of Rome Three

Da: 5 Bank Street: The Listserv for Willa Cather Scholars <[log in to unmask]> per conto di Diane Prenatt <[log in to unmask]>
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Oggetto: [5BANKSTREET] Cather for our time . . . again

Thought others would be interested:


When I was in high school I read Willa Cather’s “My Ántonia” and loved it for the love story it told. This week, I borrowed my daughter’s copy and read it again. It turns out to be a book ...

Diane Prenatt, Ph.D.
Professor of English Emerita
Marian University
Indianapolis IN  46222