Bibliography of Willa Cather's Reading
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Wanda, Countess von Szalrasa
Author: Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)
Title: Wanda, Countess von Szalrasa
Note Relating to
Cather: In the epilogue to The Song of the Lark: "A foolish young girl, Tillie lived in the splendid sorrows of 'Wanda' and 'Strathmore'; a foolish old girl, she lives in her niece's triumphs."
In an 1899 Leader article Cather writes: "Even the finer chapters of Wanda and A Village Commune, which Mr. Ruskin so much admires, are spoiled by lack of taste, true elegance, verbal precision and restraint, and marred by those debauches of the imagination in which she continually permits herself to indulge."
In an 1895 Courier article Cather writes: "Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women, they usually make such an infernal mess of it. I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke. Really, it would be hard to find a better plot than is in that same Under Two Flags, and the book contains the rudiments of a great style, and it also contains some of the most driveling nonsense and mawkish sentimentality and contemptible feminine weakness to be found anywhere." Also mentioned: A Village Commune, Pascarel, Ariadne, Wanda, and Friendship; each has merits, but "I hate to read them."
Note Source: Song of the Lark Epilogue; Leader 6/17/1899; Courier 11/23/1895