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

    Rostand, Edmond

  1. Author: Rostand, Edmond
    Title: Cyrano de Bergerac
    Date: 1899
    Genre: drama
    Note Relating to Cather: In 1899 Courier article Cather writes: "Undoubtedly the conservatives are right in saying that this is a play of embellishments, of accessories. Even the famous nose itself is but an accessory, a trick of make-up, a foil for the romantic and chivalrous soul which it disguised. Yet is not the very fact that this play is so entirely a play, that it calls out all the resources of the modern theatre, makes such demands upon the costumer, the scenic painter, the property man, the gas man, and at the same time exhibits high literary quality the most encouraging feature about it?.... henceforth this Cyrano de Bergerac will stand for these pent-up souls and thwarted passions; for the prima donnas born without voices, the mothers who die childless, the lovers who never speak, the painters who are color-blind, the cross-eyed Aphrodites, and heaven knows the world is full of these victims of nature's unkindness." In a September 1899 Courier Cather writes: "One of the most daring innovations ... was its long list of dramatis personae."
    Note Source: Courier 4/15/1899. See also Willa Cather Remembered 18; Courier 9/16/1899


  2. Author: Rostand, Edmond
    Title: La Princesse Lointaine
    Date: 1895
    Genre: drama
    Note Relating to Cather: According to a Courier piece, Rostand's first play, La Princesse Lointaine, "failed because it was a poem and not a play." Cather reviewed the play for the Nebraska State Journal in 1895.
    Note Source: Courier 4/5/1899; Journal 5/5/1895


  3. Author: Rostand, Edmond
    Title: L'Aiglon
    Date: 1900
    Genre: drama
    Note Relating to Cather: Cather says "the esprit francais is so large and vital a part of this play that it is peculiarly difficult for an English or American company."
    Note Source: Journal 1/27/1901