A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Zoë AkinsFeb. 1, [1915?], from PittsburghHuntington 

Going to Washington for a week, then to New York by February 12. Novel has reached 200,000 words.   W. S. C.   [Stout #293]


To Zoë Akins,  Wednesday [prob. late Mar., 1916] Huntington 

Excited about her play [The Magical City opened at the Bandbox Theater in mid-March 1916]. Sets wonderful, characters wonderful. Poet character a true ass. Shows what a clear sense of theater she has. Sorry for the poor handwriting, but is in bed with grippe. Hoping to sail for Italy in early June unless submarines get too active.   W. S. C.    [Stout #352]


To Zoë AkinsMay 4, [1918?]Huntington 

Interested in her new efforts in play production. Looking forward to seeing her piece [probably "Did It Really Happen?"] in Smart Set. What is she going to do with the Spoon River poet in her anthology? [The "anthology" was a series by Akins published from Feb. 19 to Aug. 13, 1915, in Reedy's Mirror, St. Louis. The series was to have been published in book form but was not until 1994, under the title In the Shadow of Parnassus: A Critical Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, edited by Catherine Parke.] He is beneath comment. P.S.: Sending some poems not in April Twilights. Novel finished and being set in type.  W. S. C.   [Stout #415]


To Zoë AkinsJune 26, [1915?]UVa 

Feels generously treated in her anthology [series of articles Akins anticipated publishing in book form]. Agrees that Spoon River is realistic, but it shouldn't have to be so harsh. Hates the syntax.   W. S. C.   [Stout #466]


To Zoë AkinsOct. 8, [1919], from Jaffrey, N.H.Huntington 

Delighted to see the good review in yesterday's Times [of Déclassée, which opened at the Empire Theatre on October 6 with Ethel Barrymore in the lead]. Seems a triumph—a word that can only be used for the theater since the advent of trench warfare. Confident the play has real quality, is not just what is usually popular. Will go see it as soon as she gets back to New York.   Willa Cather   [Stout #477]


To Mary Virginia AuldFeb. 21, [1920?]UNL 

Sending this note to Grandmother to keep for her. Recently a guest brought a marionette that walked in beside him and was so funny. Wanted a cigarette and fell down and sobbed when she said he was too young to smoke. Kissed her hand on the way out. Few real men are so charming. Has been going to operas with Zoë Akins. On Valentine's Day the apartment looked like a florist's shop.   Aunt Willie   [Stout #498]


To Zoë Akins,  n.d. [Jan. 1921?] , calling card printed: At home on Friday afternoon, January 14th to March 26 ; Huntington 

Please drop by on a Friday afternoon. Recently back from long trip to France.   W.S.C.   [Stout #527]


To Zoë Akins,  Friday [pm. Mar. 31, 1922] Huntington 

Wishing her bon voyage. Has enjoyed being with her during the winter and seeing her enjoy herself.   Willa   [Stout #584]


To Zoë AkinsApr. 20, [1922?], from Galen Hall, Wernersville, Pa.Huntington 

Doctor sent her to this sanitorium after she left the hospital. Luxurious surroundings but terrible food. Lost a lot of weight in the hospital; couldn't swallow anything solid for over a week. Working on her proofs.   Willa   [Stout #586]


To Zoë AkinsOct. 22, 1922, from Chicago, telegram ; Huntington 

Congratulations. Please send interesting reviews.   [Stout #634]


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