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

    Hardy, Thomas

  1. Author: Hardy, Thomas
    Title: A Pair of Blue Eyes
    Date: 1873
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "I admire Thomas Hardy; I admire the lofty conception of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, the finished execution of A Pair of Blue Eyes, the beautiful simplicity of Far from the Madding Crowd. But for Hearts Insurgent I have no forgiveness."
    Note Source: Courier 10/5/1895


  2. Author: Hardy, Thomas
    Title: Far from the Madding Crowd
    Date: 1874
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "I admire Thomas Hardy; I admire the lofty conception of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, the finished execution of A Pair of Blue Eyes, the beautiful simplicity of Far from the Madding Crowd. But for Hearts Insurgent I have no forgiveness."
    Note Source: Courier 10/5/1895


  3. Author: Hardy, Thomas
    Title: Jude the Obscure
    Date: 1895
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "I admire Thomas Hardy; I admire the lofty conception of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, the finished execution of A Pair of Blue Eyes, the beautiful simplicity of Far from the Madding Crowd. But for Hearts Insurgent I have no forgiveness." Hearts Insurgent was titled The Simpletons when the first installment appeared; Cather liked it no better when it appeared in book form as Jude the Obscure (see her Nebraska State Journal piece of 2/22/1896).
    Note Source: Courier 10/5/1895, Journal 2/2/1896


  4. Author: Hardy, Thomas
    Title: Tess of the d'Urbervilles
    Date: 1891
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In an 1894 Journal article, Cather writes: "It is certainly inconsistent that today, when Balzac and Tess of the d'Urbervilles is in all the public libraries, there should be objections to Trilby's appearance in Harper's Magazine." In an 1895 Courier article, Cather writes: "I admire Thomas Hardy; I admire the lofty conception of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, the finished execution of A Pair of Blue Eyes, the beautiful simplicity of Far from the Madding Crowd. But for Hearts Insurgent I have no forgiveness."
    Note Source: Journal 12/23/1894; Courier 10/5/1895


  5. Author: Hardy, Thomas
    Note Relating to Cather: In a letter to a scholar who had asked Cather about her influences, she said, among other things, that the "[t]one of British writers of that period, including Hardy, [was] sometimes mechanical or patronizing, though it doesn't really bother her." In another, Cather opines that the most recent writer necessary to read in high school is Thomas Hardy. In a 1901 Courier article, Cather writes: "Whether [Eden Phillpotts] will sustain his objective study and delineation of character as wonderfully as Thomas Hardy has done, it is too soon to say; but like him he has heard the heartbeats of the people and he is more of a poet than Hardy ever was." Hardy wrote many well-known novels, short stories, and poems. In Not Under Forty, Cather does not specify which Hardy she read. She only acknowledges that "the ear can immediately recognize Flaubert, Stendhal, Merimee, Thomas Hardy, Conrad, Brahms, Cezar Franck."
    Note Source: A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #988; A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #1454; Courier 8/10/1901; Not Under Forty 25