Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading

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    Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)

  1. Author: Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)
    Title: A Village Commune
    Date: 1881
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In a piece in the Leader Cather writes: "Even the finer chapters of Wanda and A Village Commune, which Mr. Ruskin so much admires, are spoiled by lack of taste, true elegance, verbal precision and restraint, and marred by those debauches of the imagination in which she continually permits herself to indulge." In an 1895 Courier article Cather writes: "Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women, they usually make such an infernal mess of it. I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke. Really, it would be hard to find a better plot than is in that same Under Two Flags, and the book contains the rudiments of a great style, and it also contains some of the most driveling nonsense and mawkish sentimentality and contemptible feminine weakness to be found anywhere." Also mentioned: A Village Commune, Pascarel, Ariadne, Wanda, and Friendship; each has merits, but "I hate to read them."
    Note Source: Leader 6/17/1899; Courier 11/23/1895


  2. Author: Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)
    Title: Ariadne: The Story of a Dream
    Date: 1877
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In an 1895 Courier article Cather writes: "Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women, they usually make such an infernal mess of it. I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke. Really, it would be hard to find a better plot than is in that same Under Two Flags, and the book contains the rudiments of a great style, and it also contains some of the most driveling nonsense and mawkish sentimentality and contemptible feminine weakness to be found anywhere." Also mentioned: A Village Commune, Pascarel, Ariadne, Wanda, and Friendship; each has merits, but "I hate to read them." According to an 1899 Leader article, Ouida's Ariadne "is full of display of this sort and of information and misinformation on Greek sculpture, dispensed with haughty assurance. To realize fully the garish superficiality of such work one has only to compare it with a masterpiece like George Moore's Evelyn Innes, which deals understandingly with the art which is its central theme."
    Note Source: Courier 11/23/1895; Leader 6/17/1899


  3. Author: Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)
    Title: Friendship: A Story of Society
    Date: 1878
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women, they usually make such an infernal mess of it. I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke. Really, it would be hard to find a better plot than is in that same Under Two Flags, and the book contains the rudiments of a great style, and it also contains some of the most driveling nonsense and mawkish sentimentality and contemptible feminine weakness to be found anywhere." Also mentioned: A Village Commune, Pascarel, Ariadne, Wanda, and Friendship; each has merits, but "I hate to read them."
    Note Source: Courier 11/23/1895


  4. Author: Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)
    Title: Pascarel: Only a Story
    Date: 1873
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women, they usually make such an infernal mess of it. I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke. Really, it would be hard to find a better plot than is in that same Under Two Flags, and the book contains the rudiments of a great style, and it also contains some of the most driveling nonsense and mawkish sentimentality and contemptible feminine weakness to be found anywhere." Also mentioned: A Village Commune, Pascarel, Ariadne, Wanda, and Friendship; each has merits, but "I hate to read them."
    Note Source: Courier 11/23/1895


  5. Author: Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)
    Title: Strathmore, or, Wrought by His Own Hand: A Life Romance
    Date: 1865
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Considered by many as Ouida's best novel. In the epilogue to The Song of the Lark: "A foolish young girl, Tillie lived in the splendid sorrows of 'Wanda' and 'Strathmore'; a foolish old girl, she lives in her niece's triumphs."
    Note Source: Song of the Lark Epilogue


  6. Author: Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)
    Title: Under Two Flags: A Story of the Household and the Desert
    Date: 1867
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In an 1895 Courier article Cather writes: "Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women, they usually make such an infernal mess of it. I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke. Really, it would be hard to find a better plot than is in that same Under Two Flags, and the book contains the rudiments of a great style, and it also contains some of the most driveling nonsense and mawkish sentimentality and contemptible feminine weakness to be found anywhere." Also mentioned: A Village Commune, Pascarel, Ariadne, Wanda, and Friendship; each has merits, but "I hate to read them." In a 1901 Courier article, Cather writes of the works at the Chicago Art Institute that "there are hundreds of pictures there that the veriest Philistine can admire and, to a great extent, appreciate; people who read Under Two Flags and enjoy comic opera and ice cream soda."
    Note Source: Courier 11/23/1895; Courier 8/10/1901


  7. Author: Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)
    Title: Wanda, Countess von Szalrasa
    Date: 1883
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In the epilogue to The Song of the Lark: "A foolish young girl, Tillie lived in the splendid sorrows of 'Wanda' and 'Strathmore'; a foolish old girl, she lives in her niece's triumphs." In an 1899 Leader article Cather writes: "Even the finer chapters of Wanda and A Village Commune, which Mr. Ruskin so much admires, are spoiled by lack of taste, true elegance, verbal precision and restraint, and marred by those debauches of the imagination in which she continually permits herself to indulge." In an 1895 Courier article Cather writes: "Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women, they usually make such an infernal mess of it. I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke. Really, it would be hard to find a better plot than is in that same Under Two Flags, and the book contains the rudiments of a great style, and it also contains some of the most driveling nonsense and mawkish sentimentality and contemptible feminine weakness to be found anywhere." Also mentioned: A Village Commune, Pascarel, Ariadne, Wanda, and Friendship; each has merits, but "I hate to read them."
    Note Source: Song of the Lark Epilogue; Leader 6/17/1899; Courier 11/23/1895


  8. Author: Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In "Coming, Eden Bower!" Edens mother hides Ouida's novels: "a long row of them in the upstairs storeroom, behind the linen chest." In her review of Pinero's The Gay Lord Quex, Cather writes, "...there is the devout interest that dressmakers and hat makers take in the careers of the people who wear their creations; their fond picturings of the adventures which these gowns are destined to grace, imaginings inspired by ecstatic readings of Ouida." In "The Hundred Worst Books and They That Wrote Them," Cather says of Marie Corelli, "there is no second to this inspired and raving sibyl, who could have been fitly described and adjectived only by Ouida in her vanished prime."
    Note Source: Uncle Valentine and Other Stories 158; Index 3/9/1901; "The Hundred Worst Books and They That Wrote Them"