Founded in Chicago in 1910 The Delphian Society was a national organization dedicated to the education of woman.
The name is derived from the ancient Greek priestess Pythia of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi who also served as the Oracle of Delphi. The name Pythia is derived from Pytho, which in myth was the original name of Delphi.
The Delphian Society got their impetus from then President of Harvard University Charles William Eliot who believed that education serves the purpose of inspiring lifelong learning and those who do not receive it "seem to live in a mental vacuum."
Probably best known for their Course of Reading series published in 1913 they also published
Ecco Press, (1993). Includes contributions by Wendell Berry, Colette, Harry Crews, Michael Dorris, MFK Fisher, Charles Lamb, Rose Macaulay, Harry Matthews, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, and Alice Waters among others
Though her work is set in the heartland of America it was in New York City where Willa Cather lived off and on for most of her adult life.
In 1928 Willa Cather joined the New York Society Library and until her death in 1947, it is safe to say that she and her partner Edith Lewis were active library users.
Currently on view at NYSL is an exhibition showcasing the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s relationship to the Library and to the city.
The exhibit features a slew of lending cards that give us an inside look at Cather's reading life.
“I’m not sure themes or preferences emerge except that one is always aware of Cather’s questing, inquisitive mind and her intense interest in literature past and present. And what a mind!” says Harriet Shapiro, head of exhibitions at the NYSL
Also on view is an essay by Truman Capote describing his humorous meeting with Cather at the Library during a 1942 snowstorm, a selection of Cather first editions and...