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

    Carroll, Lewis

  1. Author: Carroll, Lewis
    Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    Date: 1865
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In a review of Dumas' Camille, Cather writes, "The death scene is usually made such an orgy of grief that it sometimes seems that Marguerite might, like in Alice in Wonderland, literally float in her tears." In an 1897 Home Monthly article, Cather writes: "If there is somewhere a boy or girl who has reached the age of twelve without having read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or her experiences in Through the Looking-Glass, I profoundly pity that same child." In a 1900 Library article, Cather quotes from the Mock Turtle's song as she watches the fish in Lemuel Miller's garden pond. In "The Treasure of Far Island," Douglass tells Margie that he wishes he had some of "the cake that Alice ate in Wonderland . . . ." In "Flavia and her Artists," Arthur Hamilton has created a musical setting for Carroll's poem "Jabberwocky." In the same story, Will Maidenwood's and Frank Wellington's discussions about Wellington's works are compared to the endless wrangling between the lion and the unicorn. Other references to Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There can be found throughout the story.
    Note Source: Journal 2/4/1901; Home Monthly 10/1897; Library 8/4/1900; Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 275; Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 167; 158


  2. Author: Carroll, Lewis
    Title: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There
    Date: 1871
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In "The Prodigies," Elsie Mackenzie cries when Carroll's Through the Looking Glass cannot be found and her nurse cannot recite "The Walrus and the Carpenter." In a 1897 Home Monthly article, Cather writes: "If there is somewhere a boy or girl who has reached the age of twelve without having read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or her experiences Through the Looking-Glass, I profoundly pity that same child." In a 1897 Courier Cather quotes a fragment from "The Walrus and the Carpenter" in a piece on the Pittsburgh art scene; she accurately remarks that the lines are "not quoted correctly, and I know someone in Lincoln who will catch me up on it, but never mind...." In "Flavia and her Artists," Arthur Hamilton has created a musical setting for Carroll's poem "Jabberwocky." In the same story, Will Maidenwood's and Frank Wellington's discussions about Wellington's works are compared to the endless wrangling between the lion and the unicorn. Other references to Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There can be found throughout the story.
    Note Source: Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 411; Home Monthly 10/1897; Courier 10/30/1897; Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 167; 158