Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading

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Total Number of Entries in Reading Bibliography: 1056

    Holmes, Oliver Wendell

  1. Author: Holmes, Oliver Wendell
    Title: Elsie Venner
    Date: 1861
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "His humor was entirely un-American. Mark Twain's broad humor is the characteristic American humor. But Dr. Holmes' wit was delicate and classic as that of Horace or Charles Lamb, while his scholarship was as profound and feeling and free from pedantry as that of Mr. Andrew Lang.... No, Dr. Holmes could not write a novel, it is only because of the Autocrat [1858] that we can forgive Elsie Venner [1861] and The Guardian Angel [1867]. But through all his work there is the charm of a truly human personality."
    Note Source: Journal 10/14/1894


  2. Author: Holmes, Oliver Wendell
    Title: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
    Date: 1858
    Genre: nonfiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "His humor was entirely un-American. Mark Twain's broad humor is the characteristic American humor. But Dr. Holmes' wit was delicate and classic as that of Horace or Charles Lamb, while his scholarship was as profound and feeling and free from pedantry as that of Mr. Andrew Lang.... No, Dr. Holmes could not write a novel, it is only because of the Autocrat [1858] that we can forgive Elsie Venner [1861] and The Guardian Angel [1867]. But through all his work there is the charm of a truly human personality."
    Note Source: Journal 10/14/1894


  3. Author: Holmes, Oliver Wendell
    Title: The Guardian Angel
    Date: 1867
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "His humor was entirely un-American. Mark Twain's broad humor is the characteristic American humor. But Dr. Holmes' wit was delicate and classic as that of Horace or Charles Lamb, while his scholarship was as profound and feeling and free from pedantry as that of Mr. Andrew Lang.... No, Dr. Holmes could not write a novel, it is only because of the Autocrat [1858] that we can forgive Elsie Venner [1861] and The Guardian Angel [1867]. But through all his work there is the charm of a truly human personality."
    Note Source: Journal 10/14/1894


  4. Author: Holmes, Oliver Wendell
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In The Song of the Lark, Dr Archie pastes a poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes into one of his medical textbooks. Holmes, too, was a physician. In a 1902 Gazette article, Cather writes: "Longfellow, Bryant, Holmes, Lowell and even Whittier for the most part endeavored to apply the methods and sentiment of English poetry to their New World environment."
    Note Source: The Song of the Lark Book I, Chap. 12; Gazette 11/30/1902