Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading

This bibliography was created by Sharon Hoover and Melissa Ryan. They know that the existing work, though large, is incomplete, and they invite interested scholars, readers, and students to submit new works to the bibliography. To do so, please contact the editor of the Willa Cather Archive at . Any resource that attempts to be comprehensive depends upon a community of scholars, readers, and other interested parties.

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Total Number of Entries in Reading Bibliography: 1056

    Belasco, David

  1. Author: Belasco, David
    Title: Men and Women
    Date: 1890
    Genre: drama
    Note Relating to Cather: In an 1895 Journal article, Cather reviewed Belasco's Men and Women. In an 1897 Leader article, Cather compares Belasco's The Wife to his Men and Women: "To me, this change in Miss Trueman's affections has very much the same disastrous effect that the fact of the hero's actual criminality has in Men and Women. Yet of the two plays, the situations in The Wife are not so forced, the characters are more human, and are not so entirely given over to the baleful influence of YMCA emotions."
    Note Source: Journal 1/22/1895; Leader 11/23/1897


  2. Author: Belasco, David
    Title: The Charity Ball
    Date: 1889
    Genre: drama
    Note Relating to Cather: "The Charity Ball itself, like most American dramas, is only the shadow of a play."
    Note Source: Journal 1/6/1895


  3. Author: Belasco, David
    Title: The Girl I Left Behind Me
    Date: 1893
    Genre: drama
    Note Relating to Cather: "The severest criticism that can be passed upon any play is to say that it is fundamentally and organically false. No plays merit that charge more truly than those of David Belasco.... He would probably excuse his timid little Sunday school emotions by saying that they are realistic. Well, that sort of Howells' realism goes very well at home in a wrapper and an easy chair, but we need something more vivid to recompense us for sitting three hours in a cramped opera chair with our tight clothes on."
    Note Source: Journal 1/27/1895


  4. Author: Belasco, David
    Title: The Wife
    Date: 1887
    Genre: drama
    Note Relating to Cather: Reviewed Belasco's The Wife for Nebraska State Journal on 9/25/1895. Comparing Belasco's The Wife to his Men and Women in the Leader in 1897: "To me, this change in Miss Trueman's affections has very much the same disastrous effect that the fact of the hero's actual criminality has in Men and Women. Yet of the two plays, the situations in The Wife are not so forced, the characters are more human, and are not so entirely given over to the baleful influence of YMCA emotions" (Leader, 11/23/1897).
    Note Source: Journal 9/25/1895; Leader 11/23/1897