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 the Hon. William E. ChandlerJuly 16, 1907 from BostonNHHS 

Will need to treat the current litigation in the last chapter of the History of Christian Science. Wants to approach it by way of Eddy's relationship with her son, George Glover. Is going to Nebraska in late July, would like to see Mr. Glover while in the West. He could edit the article to safeguard Glover's interests in the suit. Would he like to borrow her copy of the 1881 edition of Science and Health?    Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #129]


To Hon. William E. ChandlerAug. 1, 1907 from BostonNHHS 

Understands he cannot give permission to interview the Glovers.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #130]


To Hon. William E. ChandlerOct. 17, 1907, from BostonNHHS 

Found his September 13 letter when she returned. Hopes to see him about the Eddy matter.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #131]


To Hon. William E. ChandlerNov. 29, 1907, from PittsburghNHHS 

Is it true he has a diary kept by Dr. E. J. Foster that quotes many of Mrs. Eddy's sayings? May she have access to it? Would quote only with his approval.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #132]


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 Norman Foerster,  Saturday [July 24, 1910?] , from Plainfield, N.H.UNL 

Liked his paper on White. Glad he's no longer trying to imitate Pater and Swinburne.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #183]


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 Elizabeth Shepley SergeantSept. 12, 1913, from Winchester, Va., UVa. ; PM 

Traveled from Pittsburgh to Virginia via Lake Erie. Winchester is dull. Doesn't really care about the people there anymore. Food is terrible. Would like to go up to Chocorua [N.H.] but needs to get back to New York and work. Why didn't she send her novel manuscript?   Willa   [Stout #264]


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