A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Allan Nevins,  n.d. [c. May 5, 1934] Columbia 

Enjoyed reading his book Fremont. Caught the spirit of that thrilling time in America. Hand out of splints about a week ago.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1226]


To Norman Holmes PearsonOct. 23, 1937Beinecke 

Cannot agree to send him copies of revised edition of Death Comes for the Archbishop for the section he is using in his anthology, but he may be able to get them from Ferris Greenslet. Not many changes. Likes his selections of poetry. In the prose, wonders why he didn't represent Poe with "The Cask of Amontillado," a better story than "The Fall of the House of Usher." Likes Poe's poetry better than his stories.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1376]


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]


To Allan NevinsMar. 18, 1939Columbia 

Doesn't care to join clubs. Has lived in eight different states, each with its own writers' club, state historical society, and so on. Has friends in each. Only way not to offend is to keep from joining any. Did weaken and join the Mark Twain Society on the understanding that her name would not be on the letterhead, and it was put there anyway.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1443]


To Allan NevinsMay 10, [1939?]Columbia 

Glad to see the new edition of his book. Looking forward to rereading it.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1451]


To Allan NevinsSept. 26, [1942]Columbia 

His letter came while she was in the hospital, but enjoyed reading it afterward. Glad to hear about the Auvergnat priest who liked her book.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1592]


To Ferris Greenslet,  Wednesday [Feb. 24, 1943?] Harvard 

Checked with Alfred Knopf before sending telegram to make sure Heinemann offer did not conflict with a proposal relayed to her by Allan Nevins.   W. S. C.   [Stout #1617]


To Mary Ellen ChaseNovember 23, 1929Smith 

Appreciates the invitation by Chase and President Neilson to lecture, but cannot accept due to travels this winter. After Christmas will be leaving to see mother in Pasadena. Hopes to stop in Northampton on the way to see nephew at Amherst and niece at Smith, and wishes to see Chase and Miss MacGregor as well to discuss Grand Manan plans. Thanks for sending "The Golden Asse". The book will travel west with her unless she has the chance to look at it sooner. Suspects that Virginia was nervous when Chase had her to tea.   Willa Cather 


To Roscoe and Meta Cather July 13, [1933], on W.S.C. letterhead with stamp of Whale Cove, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada ; UNL-Roscoe 

Is very proud of Virginia's graduating cum laude, and was pleased to be well-received by the students. The Cathers looked good that day. Had a pleasant, brief talk with Dr. and Mrs. Neilson after the President's party ended. Twenty years ago, believed her [Elisabeth Muser Neilson] to be the most dynamic part of the couple, though always liked him as well. Had the same feeling this time. She is so fascinating, but certainly too forthright and spontaneous to support a family! Got to Grand Manan a week ago with Miss Lewis, and all is beautiful. The cottage is drowning in flowers. Now Mary Virginia has arrived. Sadly, she had no other place to go. Her father provides her with nothing, and probably never will. Wishes his Virginia could be there as well, as they would have such fun together. Weather is splendid, and the entire island is full of flowers. Mary Virginia is wonderful to be with and quite helpful to have about. Is pleased with all the nieces, but wishes she could spend more time with them. Appreciates Meta's kind letter. Having to be in California these last years kept her from spending more time with Virginia when she was in college in the northeast. Wishes Virginia luck finding a job.   Willie. 


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