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

    Henry IV

  1. Author: Shakespeare, William
    Title: Henry IV
    Date: 1598
    Genre: drama
    Note Relating to Cather: According to an 1895 Journal article, Cather writes about Julia Marlowe's plan to play Prince Hal in her staging of Henry IV: "We have our own conception of Prince Hal; a youth red of hair, blue of eyes, hot of temper, coarse of tongue, amourous and sensual, but having withal a blunt honesty and sturdy manlihood which lies somewhere at the root of every Englishman." In a January 1895 Journal article, Cather writes: "It is a grave question as to just how far the historical plays of Shakespeare are fitted for the modern stage. They were not the product of his highest thought or most spontaneous inspiration." Plays mentioned in this essay: Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Henry VIII, Richard III. In "The Treasure of Far Island," Douglass Burnham uses the words of Shakespeare "mettle of [her] pasture" (III:1.27) when he is persuading Margie Van Dyck to go to Far Island.
    Note Source: Journal 8/11/1895; Journal 1/20/1895; Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 275