A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To unidentified recipient [prob. Witter Bynner first part of letter missing],  n.d. [c. Jan. 15, 1906] Harvard 

Agrees the story is rather chilly and impersonal, but it doesn't warrant amplification. Looks forward to visit so they can talk. Will try again on The Golden Bowl [James, 1904]. Didn't manage to penetrate it last year. Wonders what new Kipling story is about.    Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #109]


To Witter BynnerFeb. 24, [1906 ?]Harvard 

Has revised the story but done nothing with the novel. Appreciates his calling her book to [Henry?] James's attention; very pleased with James's letter. Would be disappointed if he and a couple of others did not think the way he says. Feels nervous at the thought of his considering her writing further.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #110]


To H. G. Dwight,  Saturday [June 23, 1906] on McClure's letterhead ; Amherst 

Sorry to have missed him. Felt ill and left early. Can they have an appointment July 2 or 3?   Willa S. Cather   [Stout #113]


To H. G. DwightJuly 3, 1906 on McClure's letterhead ; Amherst 

Will publish "The Valley of the Mills" as is if he can't revise it. Would like to see "Mortmain" again if he can sharpen its point.   S. S. McClure, per W. S. C.   [Stout #114]


To H. G. DwightJuly 20, 1906Amherst 

Watching for "The Valley of the Mills" from Mr. Reynolds. Will be glad to give "Mortmain" another reading. Regrets he is taking an ironic tone. Why read and talk at all if one can't be candid?   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #115]


To H. G. DwightOct. 9, 1906, on McClure's letterhead ; Amherst 

Liked "The Valley of the Mills" enough to buy it, but believes his work can be stronger. Would like to talk with him about some descriptive articles on the Mediterranean. Going to Pittsburgh on Friday [Oct. 12] to stay until November 1. Will be living at no. 60 South Washington Square upon return. Please drop by the office.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #116]


To H. G. Dwight,  Friday [Nov. 2, 1906 ?] , on McClure's letterhead ; Amherst 

Envies his getting away and wishes him luck. He seems to think she wants to exploit his work as Witter Bynner might, but as a fellow writer, is simply interested and will give his stories fair consideration. Hopes he brings back literary spoils.    Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #117]


To H. G. DwightNov. 21, 1906, on McClure's letterhead ; Amherst 

S. S. McClure has reread "The Valley of the Mills" and hopes to see more work from him. Please send his address so she won't have to write through Reynolds.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #118]


To Ida Tarbell,  Friday [prob. Jan. 4 or 11, 1907] , from New YorkAllegheny 

Has read the tariff articles while at home with a cold and was surprised to find them interesting. Truly important magazine writing.[Tarbell's tariff articles appeared in American Magazine from 1906–1911; in book form 1911.]   Willa Cather   [Stout #124]


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]


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