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

    Andersen, Hans Christian

  1. Author: Andersen, Hans Christian
    Title: "The Emperor's New Clothes"
    Date: 1837
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Imogene Willard recalls the story of the "king in his night-clothes," which she likens to Flavia's being "pathetically unconscious of her nakedness."
    Note Source: Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 168.

  2. Author: Andersen, Hans Christian
    Title: "The Little Mermaid"
    Date: 1836
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In "Flavia and Her Artists" Arthur Hamilton tells the story of "The Little Mermaid" to Imogen Willard when she is ill. "The Little Mermaid" is referred to several times.
    Note Source: Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 161

  3. Author: Andersen, Hans Christian
    Title: "Holger Danske," or "Ogier the Dane"
    Date: 1845
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Holger Danske is a mythical protector of Denmark who lives in a castle called Kronborg (the surname of Cather's protagonist in Song of the Lark); the story is about a wood-carver and his family, and celebrates the history and strength of Denmark. Cather's reference to "Swedes liking to buy Danish bread and the Danes liking to buy Swedish bread" in O Pioneers! is an allusion to this story.
    Note Source: O Pioneers! Part I, Chap. 4

  4. Author: Andersen, Hans Christian
    Title: "The Fir Tree"
    Date: 1844
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Source for Cather's reference to "the talking tree of the fairy tale."
    Note Source: My Antonia Book I, Chap. 11

  5. Author: Andersen, Hans Christian
    Title: "The Snow Queen"
    Date: 1844
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Thea's favorite fairy tale; its closing words are "And it was Summer, beautiful Summer!"
    Note Source: Song of the Lark Part I, Chap. 4

  6. Author: Andersen, Hans Christian
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Carl's magic lantern displays images from "the Hans Andersen book."
    Note Source: O Pioneers! Part I, Chap. 1