Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading
Total Number of Entries in Reading Bibliography: 1056
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Date: c. 36-35 B.C.E.
Note Relating to
Cather: In a letter, Cather says that seeing farmers in fields around Naples reminds her of the Georgics.
According to a note in My Antonia, "It is very likely that she read Virgil's Georgics in Lincoln, from which she drew the "Optima dies... prima fugit" quotation [the novel's epigraph] that provides a haunting theme for Jim's memories of his youth and college years" (Georgics Book III, lines 66-67). Jim studies the text with Gaston Cleric, with particular emphasis on Book III, lines 10-12: "for I shall be the first, if I live, to bring the Muse into my country."
Note Source: A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #137; My Antonia Scholarly Edition, note 1, note 197