Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading

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Total Number of Entries in Reading Bibliography: 1056

    France, Anatole

  1. Author: France, Anatole
    Title: Le Lys Rouge
    Date: 1905
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In a review of The Professor's House in "Historical Essay," the author writes: "In her journalistic days she had highly recommended to her readers [Anatole] France's The Crime of Sylvester Bonnard and lauded his election to the French Academy. She also had praised his novel Thais, and her Pittsburgh friend George Seibel remembered that they had read together France's Le Lys rouge (The Red Lily)." In World and the Parish, the author writes: "She went once or twice a week to read French at the home of her friends, the Seibels, and George Seibel recalled that during these orgies of reading they indulged 'in devil's food cake like Anatole France's Le Lys Rouge.'"
    Note Source: The Professor's House Scholarly Edition, "Historical Essay" 321; World and the Parish 1:340


  2. Author: France, Anatole
    Title: Le Mannequin d'osier
    Date: 1897
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: The protagonist, M. Bergeret, is, like St. Peter in The Professor's House, a professor who has a wicker-work dress form in his study; "If [the dress forms] were good enough for Monsieur Bergeret, they are certainly good enough for me."
    Note Source: The Professor's House Book I, Chap. 1


  3. Author: France, Anatole
    Title: Thais
    Date: 1906
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In a letter, Cather recommends Thais to Irene Miner Weisz. In a "Historical Essay," it was written: "In her journalistic days she had highly recommended to her readers [Anatole] France's The Crime of Sylvester Bonnard and lauded his election to the French Academy. She also had praised his novel Thais, and her Pittsburgh friend George Seibel remembered that they had read together France's Le Lys Rouge (The Red Lily)."
    Note Source: A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #822; The Professor's House Scholarly Edition, "Historical Essay" 321


  4. Author: France, Anatole
    Title: The Crime of Sylvester Bonnard
    Date: 1890
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: According to a "Historical Essay," it is written: "In her journalistic days she had highly recommended to her readers [Anatole] France's The Crime of Sylvester Bonnard and lauded his election to the French Academy. She also had praised his novel Thais, and her Pittsburgh friend George Seibel remembered that they had read together France's Le Lys Rouge (The Red Lily)." In an 1897 Home Monthly article, Cather writes: "There is another French book I would like to recommend to everyone — particularly to those who care for quiet fiction of the reflective style. It is The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, by M. Anatole France.... It is the story of an old bookworm who has a little girl left on his hands and of how he 'brings her up.'"
    Note Source: The Professor's House Scholarly Edition, "Historical Essay" 321; Home Monthly 3/1897


  5. Author: France, Anatole
    Note Relating to Cather: Subject of a dialogue in The Professor's House: "St. Peter chuckled. 'I'm afraid you exaggerate the circumference of my social circle, Louie. I haven't the pleasure of knowing Anatole France.' 'No matter; we can have M. Paul Bourget for Wednesday.'"
    Note Source: The Professor's House Book I, Chap. 15