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

    Flaubert, Gustave

  1. Author: Flaubert, Gustave
    Title: Madame Bovary
    Date: 1857
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: When Cather was a grader for the University of Nebraska's prep school, she told Alvin Johnson that Madame Bovary was a book "worth committing to memory." In an article in Courier, Cather writes: "[Alphonse Daudet] left no novel which, in days to come, will carry the conviction and power of Notre Coeur or Madame Bovary or Cousin Pons."
    Note Source: Sergeant 10; Courier 1/22/1898


  2. Author: Flaubert, Gustave
    Note Relating to Cather: In a letter, Cather writes that she "Still remembers when she first read Flaubert in Red Cloud, and later with George Seibel in Pittsburgh." The essay "A Chance Meeting" portrays her discussion of Flaubert with his niece, Madame Franklin Grout. In a 1900 Courier article, Cather writes: "Flaubert said that a drop of water contained all the elements of the sea, save one -- immensity."
    Note Source: A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #1148; Not Under Forty 3-42; Courier 4/7/1900


  3. Author: Flaubert, Gustave
    Title: Salammbo
    Date: 1862
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Cather uses Flaubert's Salammbo as an illustration as she talks about the way in which a writer can approach a theme set in a "long-vanished" society. In Willa Cather Remembered, George Seibel is quoted: " . . . We ploughed through our adored Flaubert. Madam Bovary wasn't so hard, but La Tentation de Saint Antoine and Salammbo proved most refractory until I discovered that a Latin lexicon and classical dictionary were more help than Littre."
    Note Source: Not Under Forty 97; Willa Cather Remembered 13


  4. Author: Flaubert, Gustave
    Title: Bouvard et Pecuchet
    Date: 1881
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Cather discusses Flaubert's works with his niece Madame Franklin Grout.
    Note Source: Not Under Forty 17


  5. Author: Flaubert, Gustave
    Title: L'Education sentimentale
    Date: 1870
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Cather discusses Flaubert's works with his niece Madame Franklin Grout.
    Note Source: Not Under Forty 18-21


  6. Author: Flaubert, Gustave
    Title: Trois Contes
    Date: 1877
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Cather and Madame Franklin Grout speak particularly of the last sentence of Herodias.
    Note Source: Not Under Forty 22


  7. Author: Flaubert, Gustave
    Title: Lettres de Flaubert a sa Niece Caroline
    Date: 1910
    Genre: nonfiction
    Note Relating to Cather: After she returns to Paris from meeting Madame Grout, Cather rereads the letters from Flaubert to his niece .
    Note Source: Not Under Forty 35-29


  8. Author: Flaubert, Gustave
    Title: La Tentation de Saint Antoine
    Date: 1874
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: George Seibel: " . . . We ploughed through our adored Flaubert. Madam Bovary wasn't so hard, but La Tentation de Saint Antoine and Salammbo proved most refractory until I discovered that a Latin lexicon and classical dictionary were more help than Littre." Cather also discusses this work with Flaubert's niece Madame Franklin Grout in "A Chance Meeting."
    Note Source: Willa Cather Remembered 13; Not Under Forty 17.