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: Pascal, Blaise
    Title: Pensees
    Date: 1670
    Genre: nonfiction
    Note Relating to Cather: Near the end of his life, Father Latour loves to work in his garden. "He often quoted to his students that passage from their fellow Auvergnat, Pascal: that Man was lost and saved in a garden." Cather is paraphrasing from a fragment of #1919, "The Mystery of Jesus": "Jesus is in a garden, not of delight, like the first Adam, who there fell and took with him all mankind, but of agony, where he has saved himself and all mankind." During his last days, the Archbishop enjoys hearing Bernard read "his favorite Pascal."
    Note Source: Death Comes for the Archbishop Book IX; Death Comes for the Archbishop Scholarly Edition, note 279; Book IX, Chap.4