A Reader's Companion to the Fiction of Willa Cather

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X--. An unidentified, mysterious, and perplexing admirer of Gabrielle Longstreet de Couçy in "The Old Beauty." He and a man named Harney disappeared during a secret mission. S: OB6

XAVIER, ST. FRANCIS. A Jesuit missionary to the Orient born at Sangüesa, Spain, in 1506 and died near Canton, China, in 1552. The famous story, recalled by the French priests, Father Vaillant and Father Latour, in Death Comes for the Archbishop, that St. Francis Xavier passed within sight of his home in Spain on his way to Lisbon to sail for India, but did not take time to stop and see his parents, is not true. At the time he sailed, his parents had been dead for many years. In writing to the father of Father Machebeuf (q.v.), Vaillant's prototye, in an effort to reconcile him to his son's going to America as a missionary, Bishop J.B. Purcell repeated the story. His letter, which is dated Paris May 26, 1839, says: "Then forgive this dear son if in leaving you his fears were too great to allow him to bid you farewell. It was in this manner that the great Apostle of the Indias, St. Francis Xavier, passed the house of his parents without saluting them, to go to a barbarous land much farther away than ours" ( Life of Bishop Machebeuf, ed. Thomas J. Steele and Ronald S. Brockway. Denver, CO: Regis College, 1987, p. 49; reprint of W. J. Howlett, Life of the Right Reverend Joseph P. Machebeuf, D.D. Pueblo, CO: Franklin Press, 1908). N: DC II, 2; IX, 5

X--COUNTY. The unnamed county in "The Best Years" is undoubtedly Webster County, Nebraska (q.v.). S: Bes6

X--GALLERY. An unidentified gallery that acquired some of artist Hugh Treffinger's work in "The Marriage of Phaedra." S:Ma

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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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