Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading

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Total Number of Entries in Reading Bibliography: 1056

    Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

  1. Author: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
    Title: "Excelsior"
    Date: 1841
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: Ray tells Thea in Song of the Lark: "If a man stumbles, there's plenty of people to push him down. But if he's like 'the youth who bore,' those same people are foreordained to help him along."
    Note Source:  The Song of the Lark, Book I, Chap. 16


  2. Author: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
    Title: "The Building of the Ship"
    Date: 1851
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In One of Ours, an "old clergyman" watching the Anchises sailing away "began solemnly to quote from a poet who in his time was still popular": "Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State." (Cather quotes lines 376 and 378-80; she skips "Sail on, O UNION, strong and great!")
    Note Source: One of Ours Part IV, Chap. 2


  3. Author: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
    Title: "The Golden Legend"
    Date: 1851
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In O Pioneers!, Alexandra Bergson "was fond of Longfellow's verse, -- the ballads and the 'Golden Legend' and 'The Spanish Student.'" The "Golden Legend" is a dramatic poem set in the Middle Ages. In "Coming, Eden Bower!" Don Hedger had learned the poem from his mentor.
    Note Source: O Pioneers! Part I, Chap. 4; Youth and the Bright Medusa 9


  4. Author: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
    Title: "The Grave"
    Date: 1857
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: St. Peter "remembered some lines of a translation from the Norse he used to read long ago in one of his mother's few books, a little two-volume Ticknor and Fields edition of Longfellow, in blue and gold, that used to lie on the parlour table: For thee a house was built/ Ere thou wast born;/ For thee a mould was made/ Ere thou of woman camest"; he quotes the first four lines of "The Grave," translated from the Anglo-Saxon (not Norse). Ticknor and Fields published the "Blue and Gold" edition of Longfellow's Poems in 1857.
    Note Source: The Professor's House Book III, Chap. 4


  5. Author: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
    Title: "The Old Clock on the Stairs"
    Date: 1845
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In "The Bohemian Girl," Nils Ericson says that he did not come home "to be a skeleton at the feast." The expression dates long before Longfellow, but he uses it in one line of his poetry: "But, like the skeleton at the feast."
    Note Source: Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 17


  6. Author: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
    Title: "The Slave in the Dismal Swamp"
    Date: 1842
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In "Double Birthday," Albert Engelhardt feels like "the Slave in the Dismal Swamp."
    Note Source: Uncle Valentine and Other Stories 53


  7. Author: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
    Title: The Courtship of Miles Standish
    Date: 1858
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: Cather comments on The Maid of Plymouth, an opera based on The Courtship of Miles Standish: "there seems to be a peculiar fatality about the story of Miles Standish. He doesn't seem to work up well in prose or verse. Probably Mr. Longfellow killed him thoroughly some years ago, along with English hexameter."
    Note Source: Journal 2/11/1894


  8. Author: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
    Title: The Song of Hiawatha
    Date: 1855
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: Claude's mother murmured softly in her quavering voice: "Ever thicker, thicker, thicker,/Froze the ice on lake and river;/Ever deeper, deeper, deeper,/Fell the snow o'er all the landscape"; the lines are from "The Famine."
    Note Source: One of Ours Book I, Chap. 17


  9. Author: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
    Title: The Spanish Student
    Date: 1843
    Genre: drama
    Note Relating to Cather: Alexandra Bergson "was fond of Longfellow's verse, -- the ballads and the 'Golden Legend' and 'The Spanish Student.'" Based on Cervantes's La Gitanilla, The Spanish Student is about a Spanish student's love for a gypsy girl.
    Note Source: O Pioneers! Part I, Chap. 4


  10. Author: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
    Note Relating to Cather: "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: Gazette 11/30/1902