A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Ferris GreensletMar. 2, [1919], from New YorkHarvard 

When does he leave for England? Is sending a note from H. L. Mencken, in response to hers thanking him for his review. A Mr. Melchers, of some magazine for booksellers, has been urging her to stick with midwestern material, not shift to New York.   W. S. C.   [Stout #453]


To Mr. LinscottFeb. 2, [1920], from New YorkHarvard 

Enclosed is a better picture of her than the one he had.   Willa S. Cather   [Stout #494]


To Ferris GreensletApr. 19, [1920]Harvard 

Please ask Mr. Linscott to return the photograph she sent. Would appreciate receiving her semiannual royalty check now, before she goes abroad. P.S.: Please send a copy of My Ántonia to Dr. Johan Bojer, to take back to Norway.  Willa Cather   [Stout #504]


To Ferris GreensletDec. 14, [1920]Harvard 

Has received several assurances that Llona is reliable. Please write and say he may do the translation for $50 advance and the rest after publication. Please ask Mr. Linscott to return the photograph she sent some time ago.   W. S. C.   [Stout #520]


To Mr. Partington and Mrs. Partington [?]June 23, [1921?] from TorontoNewberry 

Doesn't believe the story [possibly "Coming, Eden Bower!" Smart Set August 1920] reflects anything in Ethelbert Nevin's life, though it's true, she knew him briefly and was impressed by him.   Willa Cather   [Stout #546]


To Mrs. Babcock,  Thursday [Sept. 1921?] WCPM 

Looks forward to their sharing a cause. Can't write a statement to be read at the club federation meeting, because has been sick in bed, but please challenge the prejudice against cottonwood trees. Trees are precious on the prairie.   Willa Cather   [Stout #551]


To Mr. JohnsNov. 17, 1922, from New YorkUVa 

Appreciates his wonderful letter. No one else has recognized the Parsifal parallels in One of Ours. Considered using "The Blameless Fool, by Pity Enlightened" on the title page, but finally decided on the line from Vachel Lindsay. He saw it in spite of her reticence. Hopes to see him and Mrs. Johns on a Friday after the first of the year.   Willa Cather   [Stout #644]


To Judge Duncan M. VinsonhalerMay 23, [1923], from ParisUVa 

Will sit for a portrait in Paris if the people of Omaha want her to. Is being hounded by reporters since the Pulitzer announced. Sends greetings to the Newbranches.   Willa Cather   [Stout #686]


To [Sylvia] Beach,  n.d. [mid-Aug. 1923?] , written on Shakespeare and Co. letterhead ; Princeton 

Came by hoping they could go see M. Bient, but found that she was asleep. Went on to see him and he was asleep too!   Willa Cather   [Stout #694]


To Mr. MillerOct. 24, 1924Newberry 

Sorry he is irritated by her writing, but he will go on being irritated. Does not agree with his standard of judgment. Writes to suit herself. Reason she took the male point of view in Ántonia was certainly not to try to sound like a man. Narrator doesn't really matter anyway, but is only an angle of vision. A story of action doesn't need a clearly defined narrator, but a story of feeling, designed to create a mood, does. Two greatest modern writers were Tolstoi and Turgenev, and they are utterly dissimilar.   Willa Cather   [Stout #750]


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