A Reader's Companion to the Fiction of Willa Cather

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V-----'S. At the end of "Coming, Aphrodite!" singer Eden Bower discovers that the now-successful Don Hedger exhibits paintings at this gallery. No prototype has been identified. S: Com7

VAILLANT, FATHER JOSEPH. See MACHEBEUF, JOSEPH P.

VAILLANT, MARIUS. Marius (originally Marien) Machebeuf, born at Riom, France, in 1823, the brother of Joseph P. Machebeuf (q.v.) from whom he received religious training. He became a baker in Riom and opened his own shop in 1842 in rue St. Genet. In Death Comes for the Archbishop, Marius writes from Auvergne asking his brother about the discovery of gold in Colorado; it is the first Father Vaillant has heard of it. N: DC VII, 3; VIII, 2-3

VAILLANT, MÈRE. The fictional mother of Father Vaillant in Death Comes for the Archbishop closely resembles the mother of Father Machebeuf (q.v.), the prototype of Father Vaillant. The real mother of Machebeuf, Gilberte Plauc Machebeuf, was a very pious woman who hoped her eldest son would become a priest and planted that seed in his mind. She died in 1825 of brain fever. N: DC VII, 1, 3

VAILLANT, PÈRE. In Death Comes for the Archbishop, the father Joseph Vaillant hated to leave to become a missionary in the New World. The prototype for Père Vaillant was Michael Anthony Machebeuf, the father of Joseph Machebeuf (Vaillant). He went to Clermont from Riom when he was a young man and entered an apprenticeship with a master baker. At the end of his period of service, he established himself at Riom, where he soon became head of the most flourishing bakery in the city, a detail that is reported in the novel. He was a strong and firm character whose every wish was law. N: DC VII, 1, 3; IX, 5

VAILLANT, PHILOMÈNE. Born Anne Machebeuf, she was the only sister of Father Joseph P. Machebeuf (q.v.), prototype for Father Joseph Vaillant in Death Comes for the Archbishop. Willa Cather calls her Philomène throughout the novel. Anne was born at Riom, France, in 1820, and she died there in 1911. Her brother was devoted to her and gave her religious instruction. She attended the Convent of the Visitation in Riom and in 1837 became a postulant there. When she became a novice in 1838,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Notes xix
  • "Handbook of Willa Cather" by John March: Preface and Key to Symbols for Primary Sources xxi
  • A 1
  • B 41
  • C 115
  • D 195
  • E 228
  • F 254
  • G 292
  • H 330
  • I 372
  • J 383
  • K 400
  • L 412
  • M 448
  • N 517
  • O 540
  • P 561
  • Q 606
  • R 610
  • S 648
  • T 745
  • U 782
  • V 788
  • W 803
  • X 839
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  • About the Author and Editors 848
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