A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Mrs. George P. Cather [Aunt Franc]Dec. 25, 1915, from PittsburghUNL-Ray 

Is sending her love on this special day. Since Isabelle McClung has lost her father as well as her mother and this house (which has been almost a home to her [Cather] for fifteen years) is to be sold, it is her last Christmas there. May never feel so secure in any other house. Even her apartment in New York, pleasant as it is, is not a home in the way this was. Has been spending some time with Jack during the school vacation. New book enjoying good sales as well as favorable reviews. Is eager to get to work on a new one.   Willa    [Stout #343]


To Mrs. George P. Cather [Aunt Franc],  Saturday [pm. July 14, 1917] , from Red Cloud, Nebr.UNL-Ray 

Father so enjoyed listening to Will Andrews's new Victrola that they stayed too late to get by Bladen before going home. It was almost dark when they got back to Red Cloud. Will come to visit next week, before Jack has to leave.   Willie   [Stout #389]


To Mrs. George P. Cather [Aunt Franc]Sept. 9, [pm. 1917], from the Shattuck Inn, Jaffrey, N.H.UNL-Ray 

Understands her regret that G. P. has enlisted, but he has always wanted to be in the military and this is his chance. It's a time of return to basics: men carrying guns. For herself, feels proud of him and glad he can go, especially as an officer. Wishes Jack were going. Was sorry not to see her, but the heat was debilitating and she and her friend fled back East. Was too worn out to work for a while, but now is working every morning in a tent about a mile from the inn. Douglass's reports about Mother are disheartening. Wonders if she should go to California to see about her. Address is at Hotel Garfield on O'Farrell Street in San Francisco. Elsie is delighted with her school and with Albuquerque. On the whole, families are pretty good things to have.   Willa   [Stout #390]


To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantOct. 4, [1922]PM 

Sorry Elsie had to order a copy of the novel; should have remembered to send one. Enjoyed a recent visit with the William Allen Whites; he teased her about being abandoned by the more literary reviewers. Debate about the book in magazines and newspapers very lively. Nothing interesting in New York on the literary scene except John Galsworthy's new play, Loyalties, on a Jewish theme. After seeing him at the theater jammed between two Jewish matrons on a hot evening, wonders if he's having second thoughts. Beyond the royalties it will bring, feels One of Ours advanced her in her writing.   W. S. C.   [Stout #625]


To John Meloy StahlNov. 11, 1926, from New YorkColby 

Has just returned, having been away since May. Cannot accept his invitation. Must finish new novel; serialization begins in December [sic]. Can't take time to come to Chicago.   Willa Cather   [Stout #860]


To Carrie Miner Sherwood,  n.d. [June 1931] , from Grosvenor Hotel, New YorkWCPM 

As she can see by newspaper photos, was the only woman to receive an honorary degree. Is sending hoods. P.S.: Edith says she got double the applause of the men. Sending a check for Mr. Bates's window.  W.   [Stout #1056]


To Mary AustinOct. 22, 1931Huntington 

Little wonder Austin has lost track of her. Hopes to be in New Mexico within the next year; they have much to talk about. Will consider donating for preservation of Spanish crafts when economy improves, but just now is helping two brothers plus others who are hard hit. Is sorry to hear her eyes are troubling her.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1080]


To [ Helen Sprague? ] [prob. December 1932] , fragment ; WCPM 

P.S.: Obscure Destinies selling well in England. The pianist Myra Hess came by and said her friends were praising it, and reported good words John Galsworthy had asked her to convey.  P.S.: Sorry little Bernard is ill, making Christmas sad.  W.   [Stout #1138]


To Chilson LeonardMar. 19, 1936Phil-Ex 

Has no photographs of Nebraska in 1885 or 1895. Understands from Professor Pupin [?] of Columbia that it resembled the plains of Russia. Otto Fuchs not a representation of a specific person but a composite of many, as are most minor characters. Blind d'Arnault modeled on Blind Boone. Has also heard of a similar Blind Tom and Blind Noah. Actress Jim sees in Camille based on Clara Morris. Many relics such as the Spanish sword have been found in southwest Kansas. Good reading does not come from factual information, however, but from cultivated taste. Does not approve of required reading of contemporary writers in English courses, which should center on great English writers of the past and on Latin writers. Wishes his students were reading Kidnapped [ Stevenson ] or Vanity Fair [ Thackeray ] rather than My Ántonia.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1306]


To Allan NevinsMar. 22, [1938]Columbia 

Sorry he did not receive her letter written four years ago. Secretary found the draft and is enclosing it. Glad to have heard from him. Would like to see a new edition of his book on Fremont.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1403]


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