A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Blanche KnopfJuly 26, [1934]HRC 

Appreciates their indulging her on type size. Is enjoying the silver candlesticks they gave her, which are on their second stay in Grand Manan. Flowers and spruce trees beautiful.   W. S. C.   [Stout #1230]


To Zoë Akins,  Saturday [Dec. 15, 1934] Huntington 

She always sends the best flowers! These Roman hyacinths remind her of original of the Lost Lady [Mrs. Garber]. Can she come to dinner on Friday the 21st?   Willa   [Stout #1244]


To Mrs. C. F. Lambrecht, Lydia, and PaulineJan. 19, [1935?]WCPM 

Appreciates the quilt they made her. Recognizes many of the flowers on it. Among them, lilies-of-the-valley, crocuses, and peonies are her favorites. But almost likes the solid squares better, because of the quilting.   Willie Cather   [Stout #1249]


To Irene Miner WeiszJuly 13, 1935, from New YorkNewberry 

Sorry about forgetting to sign check for the second time. A signed one enclosed. Was able to get a compartment on train by telling the man who had it—who turned out to be an officer of the Pullman Company—that her friend was ill. Red cap [train station attendant] got a wheelchair for Isabelle, and she was taken straight to her hotel across the street from Cather's apartment. No use sending flowers for Isabelle's voyage home, as they don't yet know which sailing they will be able to take. Appreciates Irene's kindness while they were in Chicago.   Willie   [Stout #1267]


To Mary Miner CreightonAug. 8, [1935?]Newberry 

Has passed the Azores. Will send this letter off at Gibraltar. Flowers she and Irene sent for the voyage are still beautiful. Having a rough passage, but beginning to get her energy back. The thought of their long friendship is restorative in itself.   Willie   [Stout #1270]


To Carrie Miner SherwoodAug. 22, [1935?], from ItalyWCPM 

Woke up this morning thinking of her and enjoying the sight of the dawn light on the snow peaks of the Dolomites. Flowers stayed nice all the way to Gibraltar. Expects to feel up to going to Venice soon.   Willie   [Stout #1271]


To Carlton F. WellsJan. 7, 1936Newberry 

Has had a mountain of mail to get through since returning from Europe. Glad to find his letter. He is the only person who has noticed her alteration of the text of the aria from Elijah [Mendelssohn's] . Even baritones who have sung it don't seem to have noticed. Of course, the change [from "If with all your heart you truly seek me" to "If with all your heart you truly seek him"] is all-important.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1290]


To Irene Miner Weisz,  n.d. [pm. Sept. 24, 1936] , from New YorkNewberry 

Heard from Elsie that Margie is in a hospital in Chicago. Please send some flowers from her. Leaving for New Hampshire in a few days.   Willie   [Stout #1327]


To Edith [Lewis],  Sunday [Oct. 4, 1936] , from Jaffrey, N.H.WCPM 

Is looking out the window of Edith's room at the woods. Feeling fine, with an embarrassingly hearty appetite, and sleeping soundly. Wakes up during the night long enough to enjoy the mountain air and the moonlight. In an hour will see a confluence of Jupiter and Venus. Last night it lasted about an hour before the lady [Venus] dropped over the horizon leaving him [Jupiter] alone. They were splendid. Can't believe all this beauty and order is only a matter of physics. Has been wearing her white silk suit. All the things Edith packed came through without wrinkling. Now will dress for dinner, so as not to miss a minute of the planets.   With love, W.   [Stout #1328]


To Fanny ButcherOct. 16, [1936], from Jaffrey, N.H.Newberry 

Enjoyed receiving her card from Quebec. When book of essays comes out, please don't think praise of Thomas Mann is due to Knopf's publishing him. Agreed with Fanny that The Magic Mountain was dull, but likes the Biblical trilogy very much.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1331]


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