Skip to main content
Return to Bibliography of Willa Cather's Readings

Bibliography: Unknown by Poe, Edgar Allan

Poe, Edgar Allan
Note Source
Collected Short Fiction 1892-1912 454; Courier 10/12/1895; Courier 10/12/1895
Note Relating to Cather

In "The Count of Crow's Nest," Paul, Count de Koch, remarks on Poe's "ability to avoid formulaic writing."

According a Courier piece, Cather wrote in an essay on Edgar Allan Poe, originally a speech delivered to the literary societies of the University on June 8, 1895, that he had the "dense, complete, hopeless misunderstanding which, as Amiel said, is the secret of that sad smile upon the lips of the great."

In an 1895 Courier article Cather writes: "With the exception of Henry James and Hawthorne, Poe is our only master of great prose.... With the exception of Lowell, Poe is our only great poet."