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

    Michelet, J. Jules

  1. Author: Michelet, J. Jules
    Title: Histoire de France
    Date: 1860
    Genre: nonfiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In One of Ours, when Claude Wheeler leaves his thesis for the Professor and acknowledges that he had acquitted Jeanne d'Arc, his Professor suggests that Claude read what Michelet had to say about her. In a letter, Cather reports that she has completed the third volume of Michelet. In another letter, Cather was reading volume nine of Michelet with Isabelle. In a letter, Cather reports that she is reading Michelet's history of France. According to Not Under Forty and Obscure Destinies, one of Cather's favorite lines is "The end is nothing; the road is all." She uses the quotation in an interview with Flora Merrill for the Lincoln State Journal in 1925. In "Old Mrs. Harris," David Rosen quotes the line to comfort Vickie Templeton who is distressed because she wants to go to college so much but does not know why. Cather attributes the line to Michelet in the essay "Joseph and His Brothers" published in Not Under Forty. The exact line in Michelet has not been identified.
    Note Source: One of Ours Book I, Chap. 11; A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #219; A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #241; A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #1463; Obscure Destinies 131; Not Under Forty 99