Here’s a response from an early reader, in the January 1893 student newspaper, The Nebraskan:

A student sat in his attic story,
               Conned the Hesperian from lid to lid;
            In his eye was the light of seraphic glory,
               As he read o’er the story of “The White Pyramid.”
            Hours thus he sat in sweet contemplation,
               Never a word, like one inspired—
            Then down dashed the book in wrathy d—nation,
               And murmured, “These cuts make me tired.”

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This is a completely open-ended question – and one which I’m asking in a completely non-prescriptive (but bemused) manner: what do Cather readers make of that 1892 curio, ‘A Tale of the White Pyramid’?

Guy Reynolds
Director, Cather Project
Department of English
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