A Son of the Celestial

"A Son of the Celestial"
Author Willa Cather
Language English
Published in The Hesperian
Publication type Magazine
Media type Short Story
Publication date January 15, 1893

A Son of the Celestial is a short story by Willa Cather. It was first published on 15 January 1893 in The Hesperian.[1]

Plot summary

In San Francisco, Yung and Ponter share their penchant for both Sanskrit and opium. When Yung fails to understand Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Ponter blames the Chinese man for being heathen. As requested, after Yung's death, Ponter sends him back to China.


Allusions to other works

Allusions to actual history


  1. Willa Cather's Collected Short Fiction, University of Nebraska Press; Rev Ed edition, 1 Nov 1970, page 540

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