Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading
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Date: 23-13 BCE
Note Relating to
Cather: In "The Professor's Commencement," Emerson Graves quotes a line from Horace to defend his long teaching career: "A monument more lasting than brass. "Claude Wheeler, in One of Ours, becomes disgusted with Annabelle Chapin's reciting of Horace's odes all winter.
In a World and the Parish article, it is written: "Willa Cather's commitment to the writers of classical antiquity had its inception in her childhood and endured throughout her life. She was only ten when she began reading Latin, and one of her earliest published poems — it appeared in the Hesperian on November 24, 1892, during her freshman year at university — was a translation of an ode by Horace."
In an 1895 Courier article, Cather writes: "It is like Anacreon who when the women told him he was growing old and that his locks were white beneath his crown of roses, said, 'The nearer I draw unto the gates of the grave, the more will I dance, and my lyre shall ever ring of love until I tune it to the mournful numbers of the choir below' [Ode IV]."
Note Source: Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 285; One of Ours Book I, Chap. 5; World and the Parish 1:71; Courier 11/16/1895