Getting settled after a week in Quebec. Ocean in front and pine woods in back. Please send a catalog and let her know sales of Archbishop. Willa Cather [Stout #942]
Sailing May 14 and will not return until October. Can always reach her care of Morgan & Co., 14 Place Vendome, Paris. If he uses "Double Birthday" in the volume he is planning, should not say she chose it because she thinks it is very good, because she doesn't. Willa Cather [Stout #1012]
Has enjoyed her summer here, after the bad winter with her injured tendon. Has read galley proofs of Lucy Gayheart and thinks it is pretty good after all. Serializing it first to maximize income during these hard times. Economic troubles in the Midwest have been compounded by unbearable heat and drought. Looking forward to seeing The Old Maid. Prefers not to read the novel from which it was adapted. Someday hopes to see her home. Has just been watching a pod of whales in the water just in front of her house. Does so enjoy the North Atlantic; has less and less interest in the South, though she used to yearn for it so much. P.S.: Leaving for Jaffrey, N.H., September 15. Willa [Stout #1234]
Drawing on front [of New York skyscrapers] was done by the artist who did the dust jacket of Lucy Gayheart. [Stout #1284]
Approves photo in striped front with open collar and hat with flowers, though it makes her complexion look like a Negro's. May approve 1920 passport photo and snapshot made in Ville d'Avray with dog or cat, but they aren't good prints so can't tell. Doesn't like reduction of photo made by Nicholas Murray in 1924, in ornate jacket, because all shadows are bleached out. Doesn't like print from photo by Ensminger in 1937 because contrasts of blacks and whites are too severe. Does not approve the Steichen photo in middy blouse. [Stout #1389]
Liked his magazine article "Modern Authors Can Be Gentlemen" and appreciated his comment on her. Steinbeck and Saroyan do not use the full range of the English language, but only write in monosyllables. Samuel Morison manages to use even ordinary slang in such a way that it fits the need of the moment, without destroying the dignity of his writing. Enjoyed Morison's book about Columbus ; had not known the role of religion in Columbus's life. [Stout #1527]
Treasuring the card and photograph [of Mrs. Anderson], taken when she was older, but recognizes her nonetheless. Yes, remembers her Uncle Snowden clearly. Remembers once when she was about five years old, when she and Marjorie had gone to visit at Mrs. Ackroyd's grandmother's house on Timber Ridge, a heavy rainstorm came up and Snowden rode up on his horse and took her home riding in front of him on his cavalry saddle. Willa Cather [Stout #1569]
Image on the postcard is the dome of St. Peter's cathedral from the Roman gardens, where she first saw it. Likes to sit by the fountains and watch the sunlight reflect off the columns. Listening to the fountains one can learn more than Puck of Pook's Hill, for modern Europe and the modern mind were made here. St. Peter's and the Vatican defined western civilization. Willie S. C.
Send letters to New York office for forwarding. Postcard's colors are not overdone; the ocean is very purple. The tops of houses have trees and gardens on them. W.S.C.
Was out on the water and followed a group singing in their boat. Venice incredibly lovely; may never leave. Willa