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

    Hugo, Victor

  1. Author: Hugo, Victor
    Title: Hernani
    Date: 1899
    Genre: drama
    Note Relating to Cather: In Willa Cather Remembered, George Seibel says of his and Cather's translating French works: "We plunged into vats of color like Theophile Gautier's Une Nuit de Cleopatre, and scaled towers of alexandrines in Victor Hugo's Hernani. Verlaine and Baudelaire were among the poets we discovered, Bourget and Huysmans among the novelists." In an 1895 Journal article, Cather writes: "The traditions of our stage are distinctly unliterary....We cannot understand why lines 220 and 381 of Hugo's Hernani at the first representation drove all conservative classics out of the house and almost ruined the play."
    Note Source: Willa Cather Remembered 13; Journal 8/4/1895


  2. Author: Hugo, Victor
    Title: By Order of the King
    Date: 1869
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: On The Man Who Laughs, or ("as it is sometimes called") By Order of the King: "even Hugo's warmest admirers find it hard to forgive him the gratuitous unpleasantness of that book."
    Note Source: Home Monthly 2/1898


  3. Author: Hugo, Victor
    Title: Les Miserables
    Date: 1862
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In an 1897 Courier article, Cather quotes from Book V, Chapter XI in a piece on Heine, and notes that the novel had "just been thrown out of the high school library of Phildadelphia as an unfitting work for youthful minds"; concludes that "If one took things hard in a land where Heine fountains are forbidden, and Les Miserables thrown out of the libraries, and Lillian Russell considered a great artist... there would be nothing left to one but suicide or insanity." In an 1897 Home Monthly article Cather says, "I never feel the spring come back and see the violets on the stands at the street corners, and hear the birds begin to call to each other, that I don't go back and read Les Miserables over again."
    Note Source: Courier 11/6/1897; Home Monthly 4/1897


  4. Author: Hugo, Victor
    Title: L'Homme Qui Rit
    Date: 1869
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: On L'Homme Qui Rit (The Man Who Laughs), or ("as it is sometimes called") By Order of the King: "even Hugo's warmest admirers find it hard to forgive him the gratuitous unpleasantness of that book."
    Note Source: Home Monthly 2/1898


  5. Author: Hugo, Victor
    Title: Quatre-vingt-treize
    Date: 1874
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In Alexander's Bridge, Alexander Bartley's double life is said to be like a "cannon rolling in the hold of the vessel." According to March (369), the reference is to a scene in Hugo's novel in which a gunner struggles desperately with his loose cannon that has turned into a destructive "monster."
    Note Source: Alexander's Bridge Chap. 5


  6. Author: Hugo, Victor
    Title: Ruy Blas
    Date: 1838
    Genre: drama
    Note Relating to Cather: "When you hear a play of Moliere's given at the Francais, or sit through five interminable acts of Ruy Blas in which every line is given its full value, you begin to realize what respect for tradition means."
    Note Source: Journal 8/24/1902


  7. Author: Hugo, Victor
    Title: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    Date: 1831
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "Do you want to know what it was like to live in the Paris of the fifteenth century, when the grim superstitions of the Dark Ages dominated human thought like a shadow, when good living was not considered a part of religion, and men prayed, then went out and murdered and pillaged and returned to the cathedral and prayed again? Then read Notre Dame."
    Note Source: Home Monthly 2/1898


  8. Author: Hugo, Victor
    Note Relating to Cather: Cather says that she has read Victor Hugo since she was young.
    Note Source: A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #888