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


  1. Author: Homer
    Title: Iliad
    Date: c. 750 BCE
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: According to Lewis, Cather read the Iliad, Virgil, and Ovid with William Ducker, the town dreamer (and "failure") while living in Red Cloud. In Alexander's Bridge, Alexander does not want to become "a Nestor de pontibus," a Nestor of bridges; in Homer's Iliad Nestor is too old to fight, so instead inspires soldiers through his storytelling. In "The Professor's Commencement" the narrator describes Emerson Graves as a young man "with the strength of Ulysses and the courage of Hector . . . ."
    Note Source: Lewis 21; Alexander's Bridge Chap. 3; Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 291

  2. Author: Homer
    Title: Odyssey
    Date: c. 700 BCE
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In "Flavia and Her Artists," Miss Broadwood accosts Imogen with the words "and you've brought Ulysses home again and the slaughter has begun." In One of Ours, to Claude, "the story of 'Paradise Lost' was as mythical as the 'Odyssey,'" and "Like the hero of the Odyssey upon his homeward journey, Claude had often to tell what his country was, and who were the parents that begot him." In Death Comes for the Archbishop Prologue, Father Ferrand is said to be the "Odysseus of the Church."
    Note Source: Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 170; One of Ours Book II, Chap. 2, Book III, Chap. 10; Death Comes for the Archbishop Prologue