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

    Whitman, Walt

  1. Author: Whitman, Walt
    Title: "Pioneers! O Pioneers!"
    Date: 1865
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: Cather takes her title for O Pioneers! from Whitman's celebratory poem of westward expansion.
    Note Source: O Pioneers! title

  2. Author: Whitman, Walt
    Title: Leaves of Grass
    Date: 1855
    Genre: poetry
    Note Relating to Cather: In My Mortal Enemy, Nellie Birdseye reminds Myra Henshawe that she likes Walt Whitman. Myra calls him a "dirty old man." In an 1896 Journal article Cather writes: "His Leaves of Grass is a sort of dictionary of the English language, and in it is the name of everything in creation set down with great reverence but without any particular connection. But however ridiculous Whitman may be there is a primitive elemental force about him... If a joyous elephant should break forth into song, his lay would probably be very much like Whitman's famous 'Song of Myself'"; Cather quotes from the 1891-2 edition of "Song of Myself."
    Note Source: My Mortal Enemy Part II, Chap. 3; Journal 1/19/1896