A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Sister Mary AgathaJune 23, 1939UNL , copy, not original

Failed to answer her letter about Shadows on the Rock because of illness. Is glad she likes it better on rereading. True, a lesser book than Death Comes for the Archbishop, perhaps because it reflects her depression during her mother's illness.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1453]


To unnamed nun [addressed only as Sister]Nov. 23, 1940Loyola 

Yes, several of her books show admiration for Catholic missionary priests. Has known and personally admired several—Father Connelly in Winslow, Arizona, Father Haltermann in Santa Cruz, N.M., and a Belgian priest who died in World War I while serving as a chaplain in the Belgian army. Enclosing a reprint of her letter to the Commonweal about sources for Death Comes for the Archbishop.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1505]


To Sister AgathaDec. 23, 1941UNL , copy, not original

Yes, remembers Toby Tyler, which her grandmother used to read to her and her brothers when they were little. Did she ever read Talking Leaves?— a small, square book in similar format from same publisher. Enjoyed her students' newspaper. Wishing her a cheerful and holy Christmas, though it is hard to be cheerful these days.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1565]


To Zoë AkinsApr. 28, [1942], from New YorkHuntington 

Roses and camellias arrived just as she was giving a dinner party for an old friend and gave a magic touch to the occasion. Roscoe has been ill again, this time with pneumonia, and nearly died. Hasn't been able to go see him because has been in hospital herself. Roscoe really the only family she has left; other two brothers not close. [Doesn't mention sister.] March and April terrible months to live through. Hope she continues enjoying her house and garden.   Willa   [Stout #1579]


To Bobbie [nickname for Elsie Cather] [October? 1913] , from 1180 Murray Hill Avenue, Pittsburgh, PAUNL-Rosowski Cather 

Is working hard after two weeks in Virginia, and Isabelle is preparing for her sister Edith's wedding.  Pleased Elsie is doing some horseback riding.  Wishes to get back to beautiful Nebraska.  Sending a review from the Nation [97 (4 Sept. 1913): 210-211].  Likes beating out Norris and Phillips [Nation reviewer compared O Pioneers! to their work].   Willie 


To Mary Virginia Cather,  Good Friday [April 18, 1930] , from the Grosvenor Hotel, New YorkUNL-Rosowski Cather 

Heard St. Matthew's Passion yesterday, on Holy Thursday. Glad she went to Wyoming; had a wonderful visit [with her brother Roscoe and his family].  Is going to Dr. Wade's church [Church of St. John the Evangelist] today; spoke with him this morning on the telephone.  Will telephone Mary VirginiaKnopfs sent a beautiful plant for Easter.  Stenographer coming tomorrow to help her answer her accumulated mail.  Enjoyed seeing her [ mother ], Elsie, and Douglass, and will think of them on Easter. [P.S.] Dear Sister, might have left some things in the writing table in her cottage—please look.  Found Elsie's scissors in the bottom of her sewing bag.  Feels like such an bad guest!  Willie 


To Ethel Garber Cather [sister-in-law]July 23, 1930, from Paris; postcard showing the St.-Martin's Gate in Paris ; UNL-Rosowski Cather 
Image of postcard showing the St.-Martin's Gate in Paris, France
Front of postcard #1876

Going south soon to see friends near Marseilles. Sends love to Jim and children.   Willa Cather 


To Elsie CatherAugust 23 [1932?]UNL-Rosowski Cather 

Is pleased that Elsie had a fulfilling summer, but hopes she will relax now and revel in accomplishments. Appreciated Bessie's lengthy letter—read it several times—but wishes she would use a soft lead pencil. Elsie was kind to welcome Ethel [Garber Cather, sister-in-law] and her children; Helen Louise and Charles Edwin surely had a fine time. Is very glad Charles got on with Jess and her sons [William Thomas Auld and Charles Auld]; he is very sensitive. Used the incorrect name [in the short story "Two Friends"] to describe the astrological phenomenon which she saw in 1893 from the Wieners' porch, and scientists are in a tizzy. Proper description is "occultation" of Venus, not "transit." The second printing [of Obscure Destinies] is revised. Heard about it first not from an astronomer but from the omnipresent Professor Phelps of Yale University. Enclosed is his response to Cather's acknowledgment, which Elsie may destroy after reading. 


To Elsie CatherJune 25, 1934UNL-Rosowski Cather 

Is disappointed Elsie won't be able to make it to England, but her plan to drive through New England sounds pleasant. Elsie ought to come to Grand Manan if she is going to be in Maine—so different from Nebraska. One can take a car on the ferry at Eastport, Maine, three times a week. There is no room in the cottage, but Elsie and her friend could stay at Miss Jacobus's inn [The Inn at Whale Cove], where Mary Virginia stayed during her visit. The inn can fill in July and August, so it is best to give a few weeks advance notice. She will have plenty of use for the car. Is occupied with the final stages of her book, but could take walks with Elsie. The tourists on the island—mostly teachers and librarians—are not a formal bunch. Elsie will need practical, comfortable clothing and shoes that can bear up to the rocks and rainy weather. Grand Manan often gets periods of rain alternating with bouts of sunshine, but the rain is part of the island's charm. Since it takes quite a long time to get to Grand Manan, Elsie should stay a minimum of two weeks. The wild beauty is not grandiose, but is pleasing. Edith would be glad to see her too. Doesn't know about camps; Grand Manan was Virginia's choice. Meant to write earlier, but has been working hard on the book. It won't be published as a book until September 1935; it will be in Woman's Home Companion first [Lucy Gayheart appeared in the Woman's Home Companion in 5 parts, March-July 1935; the book was published August 1, 1935]. Is serializing the novel only for the income and hopes friends will only read the book form. PS: The ferry that brings automobiles costs ten dollars. Last year Edith's sister brought her car over.  Willie 


[To Elsie Cather, sister] [October 20, 1937] ; partial letter, top of page cut off and possibly pages missing ; UNL-Rosowski Cather 

. . . On another topic, has just started a novel and needs a book their father had. He tried to give it to her, but she did not want to take a book so personally valuable to him, especially while living at the Grosvenor. Doesn't want to have it forever, as it should be in father's home, but could really use it for a time. Please ask Carrie Sherwood to get it and send it. It's called The History of the Valley, and it was written by Andrew Kerchival or Andrew Kerchway [The book is A History of the Valley of Virginia by Samuel Kercheval, and this copy is also part of the Rosowski Cather Collection at UNL]. Father rebound the book and stored it in the back parlor secretary. If Carrie has trouble finding it, perhaps Elsie could retrieve it when she goes to Red Cloud for the dedication of their mother's window [a window in Grace Episcopal Church] on All Saints' Day. Will return it in the spring.   Willie 


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