Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading
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The Master of Ballantrae
Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis
Title: The Master of Ballantrae
Note Relating to
Cather: In an 1894 Journal article, Cather writes: "It is probable that before the advancement of encroaching realism and 'veritism' and all other literary unpleasantness Stevenson will be relegated to the children's bookshelves, along with Scott and Cooper and the elder Dumas....Prince Otto is so seldom mentioned by people whose business it is to mention books that it may be very bad taste to like it. But it has a few very staunch admirers and ought to have many more.... It is not the finished book that The Master of Ballentrae or David Balfour is, but anyone who has read and liked [Alphonse] Daudet's Kings in Exile  will find in Prince Otto deep and lasting pleasure."
In a 1901 Courier article, Cather writes: "While young men were scurrying about the world in search of material and adventure, the best of adventure stories came from the sick bed with blood-stained linen where Stevenson wrote Treasure Island and The Master of Ballantrae."
Note Source: Journal 12/23/1894; Courier 8/17/1901