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

    Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet)

  1. Author: Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet)
    Note Relating to Cather: According to a 1902 Journal article, Cather says of Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor: "There is so much beating of bodies and staggering of the drunken, that one wonders whether Voltaire were not bearing this particular comedy [in mind] when he describes Shakespeare as a 'drunken savage with glimpses of genius.'" In "A Night at Greenway Court," there appear to be several allusions to Voltaire, "the wise man of France" who said that "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him." In One of Ours, Claude smiles as he recalls that his mother believes that the French Catholics are responsible for the "grinning atheist, Voltaire."
    Note Source: Journal 8/24/1902; Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 490; One of Ours Book II, Chap. 9