Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading

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    Thackeray, William Makepeace

  1. Author: Thackeray, William Makepeace
    Title: Henry Esmond
    Date: 1852
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In an 1894 Journal article, Cather mentioned in review of Beau Brummell: "The whole play is like a chapter from Henry Esmond, in some way it was entirely Thackerayesque. It was saturated with the spirit, the time and people that Thackeray preferred to deal with." In a Home Monthly article Cather writes: "The greatest of all English novels."
    Note Source: Journal 4/29/1894; Home Monthly 10/1897


  2. Author: Thackeray, William Makepeace
    Title: History of Pendennis
    Date: 1848-50
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In an 1894 Journal article, Cather comments on Brother John by Martha Morton: "The youthful lovers of David Copperfield and Arthur Pendennis, Esq., are only funny because they were so desperately serious.... It is the laughter and reckless gaiety that makes the first act of Camille so horribly pathetic, the seriousness of the poor inventor that makes [Edward E. Kidder's comedy] The Poor Relation so funny." In an 1899 Courier article, Cather writes: "You remember how in Thackeray's novel, old Mr. Robert Bows of the orchestra sat out on the bridge one night and talked to Pendennis about Miss Fotheringay and told how he had trained and taught and drilled her, made her Juliet and Ophelia with his own hands, created all her parts for her, and, since churlish nature had denied a soul to that beautiful body, he had given her his own? Look over the history of the stage and you will find that for almost every one of its great women, some man has made just that sacrifice."
    Note Source: Journal 12/9/1894; Courier 7/1/1899


  3. Author: Thackeray, William Makepeace
    Title: The Virginians
    Date: 1857-59
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Called Henry Esmond "the greatest of all English novels" and added that The Virginians is "almost as delightful reading."
    Note Source: Home Monthly 10/1897


  4. Author: Thackeray, William Makepeace
    Title: Vanity Fair
    Date: 1847-8
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Recommends Thackeray's Vanity Fair for students.
    Note Source: A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #1306


  5. Author: Thackeray, William Makepeace
    Note Relating to Cather: In a letter, Cather says that it is necessary to read Thackeray in high school. In "The Count of Crow's Nest," the despondent literary reviewer at the boardinghouse says that literature died with Thackeray.
    Note Source: A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #1454; Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 450