Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading

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Total Number of Entries in Reading Bibliography: 1056

    Dickens, Charles

  1. Author: Dickens, Charles
    Title: A Christmas Carol
    Date: 1843
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Reread "A Christmas Carol." Likes it but does not like all of Dickens.
    Note Source: A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #1623


  2. Author: Dickens, Charles
    Title: A Tale of Two Cities
    Date: 1859
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "Stands out in fiction as a thing quite by itself, and it holds quite as unique a place among Dickens' books as it does in general literature."
    Note Source: Home Monthly 9/1897


  3. Author: Dickens, Charles
    Title: Bleak House
    Date: 1852-1853
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "After supper Claude lay on the couch in the sitting room, while his mother read aloud to him from 'Bleak House'—one of the few novels she loved."
    Note Source: One of Ours Book I, Chap. 17


  4. Author: Dickens, Charles
    Title: David Copperfield
    Date: 1850
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In a Journal review, Cather writes, in the context of comments on Brother John by Martha Morton: "The youthful lovers of David Copperfield and Arthur Pendennis, Esq., are only funny because they were so desperately serious.... It is the laughter and reckless gaiety that makes the first act of Camille so horribly pathetic, the seriousness of the poor inventor that makes [Edward E. Kidder's comedy] The Poor Relation so funny." In an 1897 Home Monthly article, Cather writes: "Of Dickens' books I like that one [David Copperfield] best."
    Note Source: Journal 12/9/1894; Home Monthly 5/1897


  5. Author: Dickens, Charles
    Title: Great Expectations
    Date: 1861
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Cather likes Great Expectations but does not like all of Dickens.
    Note Source: A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #1623


  6. Author: Dickens, Charles
    Title: Mystery of Edwin Drood
    Date: 1870
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "For the most part [mystery stories] are read and thrown aside and forgotten as quickly as a puzzle that is solved, for they contain none of the elements of lasting satisfaction. Of course there are notable exceptions. In the first place there is Dickens' Mystery of Edwin Drood, which is a classic instance that that sort of thing can be done well."
    Note Source: Journal 3/22/1896


  7. Author: Dickens, Charles
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In "Before Breakfast," Henry Grenfell says that when he reads he likes to read "something human--the old fellows:Scott and Dickens and Fielding. I get a great kick out of them."
    Note Source: The Old Beauty and Others 147-8