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

    "The Poet"

  1. Author: Emerson, Ralph Waldo
    Title: "The Poet"
    Date: 1844
    Genre: nonfiction
    Note Relating to Cather: In "The Treasure of Far Island," the phrase "true land-lords and sea-lords" comes from the last paragraph of "The Poet." In Cather's July 1897 Home Monthly column, she used a passage from Emerson's "The Poet" for an epigraph. In a 1897 Journal review of Minne Maddern Fiske's Tess, Cather writes: "It was as though she could not speak it, 'for an old shame before a holy ideal,' as Emerson somewhere says"; the reference is to "The Poet." In a 1901 Journal column, Cather writes: "Certainly, if there is anything in Emerson's definition of a landlord as the man who can carry the characteristic beauty of a place in his mind, rather than a man who has the right to rub his hands in the soil [naturalist Ernest Seton-Thompson] may claim the whole Black Hills region as his park and demesne." In "The Poet," Emerson writes that the poet -- the "true land-lord" -- "shalt have the whole land for thy park and manor."
    Note Source: Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 265; Home Monthly 7/1897; Journal 5/30/1897; Journal 2/10/1901