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

    Burns, Robert

  1. Author: Burns, Robert
    Title: "Afton Water"
    Date: 1792
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather:  In The Song of the Lark, as Mrs. Kronborg lies dying, she recalls Thea singing "Flow gently, Sweet Afton." Dr. Archie whistles the tune to "Afton Water" earlier in the novel as he is advised by his tailor as to what to wear to the city. He is going to see Thea. The original tune was by Alexander Hume of Edinburgh. However, the tune best known in the United States is by James E. Spilman and was published in 1838.
    Note Source: The Song of the Lark Book VI, Chap. 3; Book V, Chap. 1


  2. Author: Burns, Robert
    Title: "Ca' the Yowes to the knowes"
    Date: 1794
    Genre: song
    Note Relating to Cather: Thea sings this "old air" for Dr. Archie in The Song of the Lark.
    Note Source: Song of the Lark Part VI, Chap. 9


  3. Author: Burns, Robert
    Title: "Death and Doctor Hornbook"
    Date: 1787
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: Dr. Archie "loved the poetry of Robert Burns," especially "Death and Dr. Hornbook."
    Note Source: Song of the Lark Part I, Chap. 12


  4. Author: Burns, Robert
    Title: "Oh, wert thou in the cauld blast"
    Date: 1796
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: Dr. Archie "loved the poetry of Robert Burns," and got Thea "some of the songs, set to the old airs for which they were written.... Sometimes when she sang, 'Oh, wert thou in the cauld blast,' the doctor and even Mr. Kronborg joined in."
    Note Source: Song of the Lark Part I, Chap. 12


  5. Author: Burns, Robert
    Title: "Reply to his Tailor"
    Date: 1799
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: Dr. Archie "loved the poetry of Robert Burns," and often read Burns' "Reply to his Tailor" "aloud to himself in his office, late at night, after a glass of hot toddy."
    Note Source: Song of the Lark Part I, Chap. 12


  6. Author: Burns, Robert
    Title: "Tam o' Shanter"
    Date: 1790
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: Dr. Archie "loved the poetry of Robert Burns," and "used to read 'Tam o'Shanter' to Thea Kronborg."
    Note Source: Song of the Lark Part I, Chap. 12


  7. Author: Burns, Robert
    Title: "The Jolly Beggars"
    Date: 1785
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: Dr. Archie "loved the poetry of Robert Burns," especially "The Jolly Beggars."
    Note Source: Song of the Lark Part I, Chap. 12