ZABLOWSKY. A Jewish doctor on board the launch with Fred Hallet after the burning of the Mont Blanc skyscraper in "Behind the Singer Tower." S:Beh
ZACH (ZACK). In Sapphira and the Slave Girl, he is the young Colbert slave who brings Henry Colbert's shaving water to the mill every morning. N: SaS I, 6; II, 1; V, 2, 4; VI, 3
ZICHEC. The young Czech cabinetmaker and close friend of Anton Rosicky in "Neighbour Rosicky." The two lived above Loeffler's New York furniture factory until Rosicky left the city. S:Ne 3
ZORN. Anders (Leonard) Zorn, the Swedish painter, etcher, and sculptor, born at Mora, Sweden, in 1860, and died there in 1920. He is famous for his portraits and for works depicting female nudes. In The Song of the Lark Henry Nathanmeyer is said to own many Zorn etchings of peasant girls bathing. N: SoL IV, 6
ZUMARRAGA, BISHOP. Juan de Zumárraga was born at Durango in the Basque provinces in 1468, and died in Mexico in 1548. A Franciscan monk, he was named the first bishop of Mexico by Charles V. He left Spain in 1528 without having been consecrated. Because he bore only the title of bishop-elect and protector of the Indians, he had a difficult time gaining authority in his diocese. He returned to Spain, and in 1533 he was consecrated. Zumárraga went to Mexico the next year and began working toward converting the natives; as a result of his zealous orders, many Aztec temples and manuscripts were destroyed. He spent his last years in administrative duties such as founding schools and hospitals. In 1548 he was appointed the first archbishop of Mexico, but he died one month before the official notice of appointment arrived.
In Death Comes for the Archbishop, Zumárraga is the Spanish bishop who refuses to accept Juan Diego's account of the miraculous appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe (see OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE) without proof. Indeed, Zumárraga was involved in the verification of the 1531 appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Tepeyac, and, as in the novel, a hermitage was erected on the site of the manifestation. N: DC I, 4
ZUÑI. An Indian pueblo on the north bank of the upper Zuñi River in Valencia County, New Mexico. Zuñi is mentioned in Death Comes for Archbishop when two
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Publication information: Book title: A Reader's Companion to the Fiction of Willa Cather. Contributors: John March - Author, Marilyn Arnold - Editor, Debra Lynn Thornton - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1993. Page number: 845.
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