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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Lincoln, NE 68588-0333

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