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

    Wilde, Oscar

  1. Author: Wilde, Oscar
    Title: Lady Windermere's Fan
    Date: 1892
    Genre: drama
    Note Relating to Cather: In an 1894 Journal article Cather writes: "As a play Lady Windermere's Fan is very poorly constructed....As a piece of literature the play is exceedingly clever." In a December 1894 Journal article Cather writes: "As to the play, it amuses one even more on a second seeing than on a first, and the falseness of it jars less." But while she again appreciates his cleverness and facility with language, she charges that "One thing nature did not give Mr. Wilde — a heart." In an 1895 Journal article Cather writes: "We will have no more such plays as Lady Windermere's Fan, no more such stories as The Picture of Dorian Gray. We can do without them."
    Note Source: Journal 6/5/1894; Journal 12/18/1894; Journal 5/19/1895


  2. Author: Wilde, Oscar
    Title: Poems (Wilde)
    Date: 1881
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: According to an 1895 Courier aricle, Cather quotes "Helas!" and "Glykypikros Eros" in an essay on Wilde after his second sodomy trial, in which she is "not speaking of his crimes against society, which all men know. I am speaking of his crimes against literature, which came much earlier, which only a few saw and lamented." In an article in the Journal, Cather quotes stanza 33 of "The Garden of Eros" in a piece on John Ruskin. According to an 1895 Courier article, Cather quotes "The Garden of Eros" in a column on Swinburne.
    Note Source: Courier 9/28/1895; Journal 5/17/1896; Courier 11/30/1895


  3. Author: Wilde, Oscar
    Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray
    Date: 1891
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In her preface to the 1937 Autograph Edition of Song of the Lark, Cather writes that "the life of nearly every artist who succeeds in the true sense (succeeds in delivering himself completely to his art) is more or less like Wilde's story," which she inaccurately calls "The Portrait of Dorian Grey." In an 1895 Journal article Cather writes: "We will have no more such plays as Lady Windermere's Fan, no more such stories as The Picture of Dorian Gray. We can do without them."
    Note Source: Song of the Lark Preface; Journal 5/19/1895