The tall prairie grasses, seemingly endless sky, and dark, fertile soil of the Upper Midwest greeted pioneers who came to the region. Although early settlers only had time and energy to carve out a meager existence, the stark beauty of the land and the quiet dignity of the people who settled it have inspired a wealth of American literature. From classic novelists like Willa Cather to modern essayists like Bill Holm, the prairie and life on the farm has provided fodder for the writer's craft.
Here then are a few selections that provide a unique glimpse of the people and dreams that lived and died on the prairie.
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