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

    Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

  1. Author: Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
    Note Relating to Cather: While living in Red Cloud, Cather read the Iliad, Virgil, and Ovid with William Ducker, the town dreamer (and "failure").
    Note Source: Lewis 21


  2. Author: Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
    Title: Amores
    Date: c. 10 BCE
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In The Song of the Lark I, Thea Kronborg asks Professor Wunsch to translate a line that she has found in a book given to her by Dr. Archie: "Lente currite, lente currite, noctis equi." He writes "in a clear, elegant Gothic hand, -- 'Go slowly, go slowly, ye steeds of the night.'"
    Note Source: Song of the Lark Part I, Chap. 4


  3. Author: Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
    Title: Metamorphoses
    Date: c. 8 CE
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In "Coming, Eden Bower!" after a confrontation with Eden about washing his dog in the bathtub she has to use, Don Ledger thinks "about man who was turned into a dog, or was pursued by dogs, because he unnwittingly intruded upon the bath of beauty." The reference is undoubtedly to the man who sees Diana naked, is turned into a stag, and is then killed by his own dogs.
    Note Source: Uncle Valentine and Other Stories 149


  4. Author: Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
    Title: The Heroides or Heriodum Espistulae
    Date: c. 5 BCE
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In A Lost Lady, Niel Herbert believes that the epistolary poems of the Heroides are "the most glowing love stories ever told."
    Note Source: A Lost Lady Part I, Chap. 7