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


  1. Author: Plutarch (Mestrius Plutarchus)
    Title: Lives
    Date: 75 CE
    Genre: nonfiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In Shadows on the Rock, Euclide Auclaire enjoys reading Plutarch on long winter evenings; in Book III, Cecile and her father "were reading Plutarch this winter, and tonight they were in the middle of the life of Alexander the Great." In The Professor's House, Scott McGregor's "disappointed vanity ate away at his vitals like the Spartan boy's wolf," an allusion to the story of Lycurgus ("The Education of Boys and Men," section 18) (March 587).
    Note Source: Shadows on the Rock Book I, Chap. 2; Book III, Chap. 3; The Professor's House Book I, Chap. 5