A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Zoë AkinsJan. 2, [1934], from New YorkHuntington 

Thanks for plants she sent for Christmas and for copy of "Little Willie," which is very funny. How did she know about the family nickname? Does not care to see [Maxwell] Anderson's rendition of Mary Stuart [Mary of Scotland, 1933]. Is trying hard to complete work on Lucy Gayheart, but people won't leave her alone. Hates meeting with financial advisors who tell her she is losing money.   W.   [Stout #1209]


To Yaltah and Hephzibah MenuhinMay 3, [1934?]Princeton 

Wishes she could have accompanied them to Marseilles; has always liked it. Isabelle wrote that Yehudi's concert in Paris was a great success. Expects to finish new book before leaving in July for Grand Manan. Hoping hand will be well enough to let her enjoy the rougher life there. Will use splint if it hurts. As Shakespeare writes, "My very chains and I grow friends..." Hopes they can read Shakespeare together again some day. Greetings to all.   Aunt Willa   [Stout #1225]


To Zona GaleMay 23, 1934HSW 

Sorry to have missed her when she was in town. Was in Atlantic City. Has had an arduous time with the left wrist. New book about a month from finishing. P.S.: Has been telling people she was away. Keeps it a secret when she is in town so people won't bother her.  Willa Cather   [Stout #1227]


To Carrie Miner SherwoodJuly 3, [1934?]WCPM 

Please pick out some good canned fruit for Mrs. Lambrecht's birthday. It's terribly hot in New York, but has stayed in town to finish Lucy Gayheart. To be serialized in Woman's Home Companion starting in April 1935, preceding book publication. Magazine's offer was too good to refuse. Sorry they are having such a drought. Expects to leave for Grand Manan mid-month.   Willie   [Stout #1228]


To Zoë AkinsSept. 9, [1934?], from Grand MananHuntington 

Has enjoyed her summer here, after the bad winter with her injured tendon. Has read galley proofs of Lucy Gayheart and thinks it is pretty good after all. Serializing it first to maximize income during these hard times. Economic troubles in the Midwest have been compounded by unbearable heat and drought. Looking forward to seeing The Old Maid. Prefers not to read the novel from which it was adapted. Someday hopes to see her home. Has just been watching a pod of whales in the water just in front of her house. Does so enjoy the North Atlantic; has less and less interest in the South, though she used to yearn for it so much. P.S.: Leaving for Jaffrey, N.H., September 15.  Willa   [Stout #1234]


To Mrs. C. F. Lambrecht, Lydia, and PaulineJan. 19, [1935?]WCPM 

Appreciates the quilt they made her. Recognizes many of the flowers on it. Among them, lilies-of-the-valley, crocuses, and peonies are her favorites. But almost likes the solid squares better, because of the quilting.   Willie Cather   [Stout #1249]


To Fanny Butcher,  n.d. [c. Feb. 1935] , from New YorkNewberry 

So she is about to be married to a Mr. Bokum! Best wishes. Don't read new story in Woman's Home Companion; wait for the book.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1252]


To Zoë Akins,  Good Friday [Apr. 19, 1935] Huntington 

Has had various problems since she was there—appendicitis in mid-March, Mary Virginia's operation soon afterward, and Isabelle McClung Hambourg's arrival on March 27, very ill. Isabelle now in a hospital. Jan and his brothers away on concert tour to raise money. Has full responsibility for Isabelle. Also, Josephine Bourda and family returning to France in May to stay. (Josephine never received the dog she [Zoë] was sending her.) Another bout of appendicitis April 7. Sent her proofs of Lucy Gayheart last week; please read to see what the book is like, don't just go by the serial version. Glad to see splendid success of The Old Maid. Was progressing well on new work when all this trouble hit. So glad to have Alfred Knopf as a supportive friend. P.S.: Yes, early part of Lucy Gayheart resembles the mood of The Master Builder [ Ibsen ], but hopes she will agree the last part, which is the best, is very much in her own manner.  Willa   [Stout #1257]


To Zoë Akins,  n.d. [pm. May 10 or 20, 1935 (not clear)] Huntington 

People are very pleased about Zoë's Pulitzer Prize. Is still very stressed by daily attendance at hospital. Couldn't give any help in preparing for Mary Virginia's wedding except to write checks. P.S.: Try to read Lucy Gayheart in one sitting.  Willa   [Stout #1258]


To Irene Miner Weisz,  Friday [pm. July 19, 1935] , from New YorkNewberry 

No, not leaving on the Berengaria, but on an Italian ship a week later, to Genoa. Lucy Gayheart having good early sales.   Willie   [Stout #1268]


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