Willa Cather (1876–1947), U.S. novelist. Willa Cather in Europe, ch. 12 (1956).
Written on September 6, 1902, on her first trip to Marseilles, France, upon seeing the Chateau d'If off the coast. This was a prison site made famous by Alexandre Dumas (1802- 1870) in his novel, The Count of Monte Cristo (1844), which Cather and her brother had loved when they were children.