Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading

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Total Number of Entries in Reading Bibliography: 1056

    Poe, Edgar Allan

  1. Author: Poe, Edgar Allan
    Title: "The Lost Lenore"
    Date: 1845
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In "Double Birthday," Albert Engelhardt refers to Marguerite Thiesinger as "the lost Lenore."
    Note Source: Uncle Valentine and Other Stories 47


  2. Author: Poe, Edgar Allan
    Title: "The Pit and the Pendulum"
    Date: 1843
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In The Professor's House, Godfrey St. Peter compares Robert Crane to the victim in Poe's story: "It's like 'The Pit and the Pendulum.' I feel as if the poor fellow [Crane] were strapped down on a revolving disk that comes around under the knife just so often."
    Note Source: The Professor's House Part I, Chap. 12


  3. Author: Poe, Edgar Allan
    Note Relating to Cather: In "The Count of Crow's Nest," Paul, Count de Koch, remarks on Poe's "ability to avoid formulaic writing." According a Courier piece, Cather wrote in an essay on Edgar Allan Poe, originally a speech delivered to the literary societies of the University on June 8, 1895, that he had the "dense, complete, hopeless misunderstanding which, as Amiel said, is the secret of that sad smile upon the lips of the great." In an 1895 Courier article Cather writes: "With the exception of Henry James and Hawthorne, Poe is our only master of great prose.... With the exception of Lowell, Poe is our only great poet."
    Note Source: Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 454; Courier 10/12/1895; Courier 10/12/1895


  4. Author: Poe, Edgar Allan
    Title: "To Helen"
    Date: 1831
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: "Mr. Aldrich's 'Memory,' a little masterpiece of ten lines, Emerson's 'April,' Poe's 'To Helen,' and Sidney Lanier's 'Into the Wood[s] My Master Went' will outlast many of the more ambitious efforts of our earlier poets."
    Note Source: Gazette 11/30/1902