| Scribner's Magazine|
United States of America
| Willa Cather books, Classical Studies books|
"A Death in the Desert" is a short story by Willa Cather. It was first published in The Scribner's in January 1903.
A Death in the Desert Wikipedia
Everett is on a train from Holdrege, Nebraska to Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is a man that looks like his older prodigy brother Adriance--this similarity haunts him throughout the entire novel and robs him of his own personality. He will always be Adriance's brother.Everett Hilgarde
Two girls on the train.
Diana, a chaste actress in New York City.
Katharine Gaylord mentions Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold, Edward Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and Heinrich Heine's Florentine Nights.
Moreover, Gussie Davis's song In The Baggage Coach Ahead is mentioned - albeit 'in' is elided.
It has been argued that the title of the story was influenced by Willa Cather's reading of Robert Browning.
Allusions to Alexandre Dumas, fils' La dame aux camelias and Lucretius's De rerum natura have also been found.