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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    Commentaries on the Gallic War

  1. Author: Caesar, Julius
    Title: Commentaries on the Gallic War
    Date: 58-44 BC
    Genre: nonfiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In Song of the Lark, Thea "had been interested in Caesar's 'Commentaries' when she left school to begin teaching, and she loved to read about great generals; but these facts would scarcely explain her wanting that grim bald head ["a photograph of the Naples bust of Julius Caesar"] to share her daily existence." There are many allusions to Caesar's Commentaries throughout Cather's work. For instance, see Chapter 3 in Alexander's Bridge. In One of Ours, Barclay Owens studies Caesar and he and his fortifications and maps are referred to as Caesar and Caesar's. Tom Outland reads Caesar, also. In "The Joy of Nellie Dean," the narrator likens Guy Franklin to the merchants in Caesar who brought into Gaul "those things which effeminate the mind." In an article in the Courier, Cather writes about explorer Fridtjof Nansen: "There was something in his terseness and economy of verbiage that recalled the Commentaries of Caesar."
    Note Source: Song of the Lark Part II, Chap. 2; Alexander's Bridge Chap. 3; One of Ours Book V, Chap. 8, 15, 18; The Professor's House Book I, Chap. 10, Book II, Chap. 1; Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 60; Courier 12/18/1897