A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To H. G. DwightJan. 12, [1907?], from 60 Washington Square, New YorkAmherst 

Envies his being in Italy. Is working on the material about Eddy, after three men failed with it. It drives out every trace of an imaginative idea. Why doesn't he like [Pierre] Loti—afraid of real imagination? He covers up his own with slang and imitations of Kipling. Or maybe he fears being sentimental. McClure has paid $500 for illustrations for "The Valley of the Mills." Was in Pittsburgh a couple of months ago and saw the Willards. Only music saves her in New York. Please ask Mr. Reynolds to send her his work personally.   Willa S. Cather   [Stout #125]


To Mrs. [Annetta Johnson] Saint-Gaudens,  Tuesday [pm. Feb. 4, 1908] , from BostonDartmouth 

Would be happy to meet her if she is in Boston. Believes a better title for her book of poems is "Songs of Pain and Renunciation."   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #134]


To H. G. DwightAug. 24, 1911, on McClure's letterhead ; Amherst 

Poem is beautiful but too long for McClure's. A terrible summer in New York. Leaving at the end of September for a six-month vacation to set herself straight.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #202]


To H. G. DwightSept. 6, 1911, on McClure's letterhead ; Amherst 

Verses he sent are too intellectual for McClure's. Poetry they use must be more pictorial or narrative or emotional. Eager to leave, but hopes to see him before she goes.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #203]


To [William] Winter Nov. 5, [1913?], on no. 5 Bank Street printed stationery ; Colby 

His letter rewards her for the work of writing the book. Glad it makes him remember the prairie.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #269]


To Marguerite WilkinsonFeb. 11, [1915?], from New YorkMiddlebury  copy at WCPM

May use "Grandmither, Think Not I Forget" as she wishes.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #294]


To Glendinning Keeble,  n.d. [prob. between May 15, 1915, and July 19, 1915] CMU 

Is offering a revision of the character of Jessie Darcey [singer Thea Kronborg accompanies in The Song of the Lark] and will be glad to revise more. Thea has control over her own fortune; was a liar and was lied to. She expected to marry Fred, despite the fact that her Methodist childhood would not have led her to expect it. She ended up punishing Fred for what she did herself. Won't make all this entirely clear, because doesn't want character of Thea to alienate readers. Isabelle is going away for a few days to rest.   [Stout #305]


To Glendinning Keeble,  Monday [prob. July 19, 1915] , from New YorkCMU 

Appreciates his returning proofs quickly; couldn't finish until she got his help. Isabelle will be leaving for Pittsburgh in a few days and she will follow. In the meantime she and all of New York interested in a group of eight morris dancers staying across the street from her who are causing trouble for their stage manager due to having lost all their gear en route.   [Stout #313]


To Ferris GreensletNov. 4, [1915], from PittsburghHarvard 

Likes the idea of the college contest.   W. S. C.   [Stout #332]


To Emma Mills,  Friday [Dec. 10, 1915] Mills 

Appreciates her interest in The Song of the Lark. Will plan on speaking at the luncheon on Wednesday.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #341]


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