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

    Zola, Emile

  1. Author: Zola, Emile
    Title: Abbe Mouret's Transgression
    Date: 1875
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "[Zola] crouches like Caliban upon his island, and the music of Ariel is to him only a noise which frightens and disturbs.... Of all Mr. Zola's painful novels, there are two that are less painful than the rest, Abbe Mouret's Transgression and The Downfall."
    Note Source: Journal 12/13/1894


  2. Author: Zola, Emile
    Title: Germinal
    Date: 1885
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "M. Zola's greatness as a man has not always been to his advantage as an artist ... In his novel Germinal, however, the man and the artist are in perfect unity and perfect balance."
    Note Source: Courier 9/16/1899


  3. Author: Zola, Emile
    Title: La bete humaine
    Date: 1890
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Mentions "Zola's last novel" in a piece for the Nebraska State Journal, "In the Midst of Life."
    Note Source: Journal 12/3/1893


  4. Author: Zola, Emile
    Title: Le Rêve
    Date: 1888
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Calls it "a book that every girl should read when she is eighteen, and then again when she is eighty." Also calls it "that tender adolescent story of love and purity and youth."
    Note Source: Courier 1/13/1900; Courier 4/7/1900


  5. Author: Zola, Emile
    Title: Le Ventre de Paris
    Date: 1873
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Published in English as The Fat and the Thin and then as The French Market-Girl; "It is unfortunate that the book should be presented under titles which can appeal only to shop girls, as it represents Zola at his best, and contains comparatively little that is offensive to Anglo-Saxon taste."
    Note Source: Leader 5/27/1898


  6. Author: Zola, Emile
    Title: The Downfall
    Date: 1892
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: "[Zola] crouches like Caliban upon his island, and the music of Ariel is to him only a noise which frightens and disturbs.... Of all Mr. Zola's painful novels, there are two that are less painful than the rest, Abbe Mouret's Transgression and The Downfall."
    Note Source: Journal 12/13/1894


  7. Author: Zola, Emile
    Note Relating to Cather: "Yet these two men [Kipling and Zola], different as they are, are the only living writers who have at their command the virility of the epic manner, unless one include the author of With Fire and Sword" (Henry Sienkiewicz).
    Note Source: Courier 4/4/1899