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

    Milton, John

  1. Author: Milton, John
    Title: Il Penseroso
    Date: 1631
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In the Epilogue to Alexander's Bridge, Lucius Wilson characterizes Winifred Alexander's grief for her husband by recalling line 42 from Il Penseroso: "Forget thyself to Marble."
    Note Source: Alexander's Bridge Epilogue


  2. Author: Milton, John
    Title: Paradise Lost
    Date: 1667
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In One of Ours, Mrs. Wheeler reads aloud to Claude, who comments that "Milton couldn't have gotten along without the wicked, could he?... It just struck me that this part is so much more interesting than the books about perfect innocence in Eden." Later in the novel, he reflects that "the story of 'Paradise Lost' was as mythical as the 'Odyssey'; yet when his mother read it aloud to him, it was not only beautiful but true. A woman who didn't have holy thoughts about mysterious things far away would be prosaic and commonplace, like a man." In "Before Breakfast," Henry Grenfell questions his life one morning before breakfast: "and all this meant nothing to him except negatively--"to avoid worse rape."
    Note Source: One of Ours Book I, Chap. 15; Book II, Chap. 2; The Old Beauty and Others 149


  3. Author: Milton, John
    Note Relating to Cather: Cather says that it is necessary to read John Milton in high school.
    Note Source: A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #1454