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

    Wyss, Johann David

  1. Author: Wyss, Johann David
    Title: Swiss Family Robinson
    Date: 1813
    Genre: fiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In "The Prodigies," Nelson Mackenzie tells the Massey children that his children enjoy The Swiss Family Robinson. Both Alexandra Bergson and Jim Burden read this book aloud to their families; Jim "felt that the Swiss family had no advantages over us in the way of an adventurous life." "The story was much loved by all the Cather children" (My Antonia Scholarly Edition, note 73). In an 1897 Home Monthly article Cather writes: "If I were asked what two books were the most essential to a child's library and most important in his education, I should name two very old-fashioned ones that their fathers and mothers read and loved before them: Pilgrim's Progress and The Swiss Family Robinson."
    Note Source: Collected Short Fiction 419; O Pioneers! Part I, Chap. 4; My Antonia Book I, Chap. 9; Home Monthly 1/1897