“The Sculptor’s Funeral” is a short story by Willa Cather. It was first published in 1905. The story centers on a recently deceased sculptor, Harvey Merrick, as his body is delivered to his rural hometown to be interred. The body is accompanied by Henry Steavens, a student of Harvey’s. Henry learns of the ugliness and the hardships that defined Harvey’s childhood, and Henry is amazed that Harvey still managed to become a renowned sculptor of such beautiful works of art. The story explores themes of identity, cruelty, and personal passion.