Scandal (short story)

"Scandal" is a short story by Willa Cather. It was first published in Century in 1919.[1]

Plot summary

Kitty Ayrshire, an opera singer, suffers from a cold, thus preventing her from singing. Bored, she asks her friend Pierce Tevis to visit her. Together they talk about the gossip that has been circulating about her. Tevis explains that Siegmund Stein, a wealthy manufacturer, has been going out about town with a woman who resembles Kitty; everyone thinks it is her. Kitty then interrupts him and recounts how while at a party at the Steins's, she had to use her lover Peppo to excuse her from her persistent hosts. A few weeks later however, her picture with both Siegmund Stein and his new wife was in the papers.


Allusions to other works

Kitty Ayrshire also appears in A Gold Slipper.

Literary criticism and significance

Although Scandal was written in 1916 while she was in Denver,[2] it was only published in 1919.[1] It has been argued that this is due to its antisemitism.[1]

The story was a favorite of F. Scott Fitzgerald.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Marilee Lindemann, The Cambridge Companion to Willa Cather, Cambridge University Press, 2005, p. 78
  2. James Leslie Woodress, Willa Cather: A Literary Life, University of Nebraska Press, 1989, p. 282
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