According to a "Historical Essay," it is written: "In her journalistic days she had highly recommended to her readers [Anatole] France's The Crime of Sylvester Bonnard and lauded his election to the French Academy. She also had praised his novel Thais, and her Pittsburgh friend George Seibel remembered that they had read together France's Le Lys Rouge (The Red Lily)."
In an 1897 Home Monthly article, Cather writes: "There is another French book I would like to recommend to everyone — particularly to those who care for quiet fiction of the reflective style. It is The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, by M. Anatole France.... It is the story of an old bookworm who has a little girl left on his hands and of how he 'brings her up.'"