Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading

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Total Number of Entries in Reading Bibliography: 1056

    Byron, George Gordon

  1. Author: Byron, George Gordon
    Title: "Maid of Athens"
    Date: 1810
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: Dr. Archie asks Thea, in The Song of the Lark, if she likes Byron's "Maid of Athens."
    Note Source: The Song of the LarkPart I, Chap. 2


  2. Author: Byron, George Gordon
    Title: "The Prisoner of Chillon"
    Date: 1816
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In O Pioneers!, Alexandra Bergson recalls "a poem she had liked in her schooldays after leaving Frank Shabata at the prison: 'Henceforth the world will only be/A wider prison-house to me.'" Lines 322-3 of the poem actually read: "And the whole earth would henceforth be/A wider prison unto me." In Cather's story "A Resurrection," Martin Dempster asks Marjorie Pierson to recite the last four lines of "The Prisoner of Chillon."
    Note Source: O Pioneers! Part V, Chap. 2; Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 438


  3. Author: Byron, George Gordon
    Title: "To Thomas Moore"
    Date: 1817
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: Quotes "To Thomas Moore" in a piece on Moore's "Lalla Rookh."
    Note Source: Home Monthly 6/1897


  4. Author: Byron, George Gordon
    Title: "When We Two Parted"
    Date: 1816
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In My Antonia IV, when Antonia and Jim Burden meet after years apart, Cather turns the meaning of Byron's line "When we two parted in silence and tears" to "like people in the old song, in silence, if not in tears." In Lucy Gayheart Part I, Lucy hears Sebastian Clement sing a vocal adaptation of Byron's poetry, then recalls it later when they part.
    Note Source: My Antonia Book IV, Chap. 4; Lucy Gayheart Book 1, Chap. 4, 18


  5. Author: Byron, George Gordon
    Title: Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
    Date: 1812-1818
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In The Song of the Lark, Thea sees the Dying Gladiator in the Chicago Art museum: "the Dying Gladiator she had read about in 'Childe Harold' almost as long ago as she could remember." He is described in Canto 4, stanza 140 of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. In Song of the Lark, Thea reads this "book of Byron's poems" as a young girl, and particularly likes "My native land, good-night" (Canto 1, stanza 13) and "There was a sound of revelry" (Canto 4, stanza 21). In O Pioneers, Emil "seemed intent upon his own thoughts, and, like the Gladiator's, they were far away." The Dying Gladiator appears in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto 4, stanza 140.
    Note Source: Song of the Lark Part II, Chap. 5; Song of the Lark Part I, Chap. 2; O Pioneers! Part II, Chap. 1


  6. Author: Byron, George Gordon
    Title: Don Juan
    Date: 1824
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: "Among [Judge Pommeroy's books] was a set of Byron in three volumes, and last winter, apropos of a quotation which Niel didn't recognize, his uncle advised him to read Byron, -- all except 'Don Juan.' That, the Judge remarked, with a deep smile, he 'could save until later.' Niel, of course, began with 'Don Juan.'"
    Note Source: A Lost Lady Part I, Chap. 7