Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading
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The Life of the Right Reverend Joseh P. Machebeuf
Author: Howlett, William Joseph
Title: The Life of the Right Reverend Joseh P. Machebeuf
Note Relating to
Cather: In a letter, Cather says that she relied on Howlett for her understanding of her "two priests" in Death Comes for the Archbishop.
In Death Comes for the Archbishop, John March (22) reports that Father Joseph Machebeuf, the prototype for Joseph Vaillant, told the story of the white mules to Father Gabriel Ussel and that Vaillant's motto "rest in action" is an oft-repeated phrase in The Life of the Right Reverend Joseph P. Machebeuf.
In "Historical Essay," there is a reference for Death Comes for the Archbishop; see Cather's November 23, 1927 letter to the Commonweal.
Note Source: A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather #920; Death Comes for the Archbishop Book I, Chap. 3; Book II Chap. 1; Death Comes for the Archbishop Scholarly Edition, "Historical Essay" 342