A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Ferris GreensletApr. 11, [1935]Harvard 

Appreciates his understanding letter. Isabelle McClung Hambourg has arrived from Europe, very ill. Will stay nearby under doctor's care while Jan Hambourg goes on tour for six weeks.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1256]


To Cyril ClemensApr. 30, 1936UVa 

Not sure why The Song of the Lark has not been translated into Spanish. Glad he likes her article in Commonweal enough to republish it as a pamphlet, but it belongs to Knopf and he will use it in a small volume of essays soon. Leaving soon to spend all of May in New England botanizing with friends.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1317]


To [Bruce] BlivenJune 13, 1936Newberry 

Can't let him use the essay he wants [ "The Novel Démeublé" ] because it will be in volume being published by Knopf that same month.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1319]


To Fanny ButcherOct. 16, [1936], from Jaffrey, N.H.Newberry 

Enjoyed receiving her card from Quebec. When book of essays comes out, please don't think praise of Thomas Mann is due to Knopf's publishing him. Agreed with Fanny that The Magic Mountain was dull, but likes the Biblical trilogy very much.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1331]


To Thomas MasarykDec. 1, 1923 [error for 1936?] ; Berkeley 

Is sending him a book of essays including one he may especially enjoy about Boston before World War I, "148 Charles Street," which begins on page 52. Thinks of the years before 1914 as a pleasant time in Europe and America when one could travel without passport to so many wonderful places that it was hard to choose. Always remembers his good words to her.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1334]


To Carl Van VechtenJan. 30, 1937Richmond 

Has made a note of his new address. Please don't describe her new book as nostalgic! People say that about all her books. Isn't homesick all the time.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1354]


To Cyril ClemensJan. 30, 1937UVa 

Believes the article he mentioned was published in the Saturday Review and written by that inveterate liar Ford Madox Ford. Certainly never led any group of ladies to go see A. E. Housman. Did meet him, but not at Cambridge. Did not talk about his poetry. This has been very annoying. Alfred Knopf has suggested she write her recollection of the meeting, to silence questions. Will probably do so some time, in the plain style of her recollections of meetings in Not under Forty.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1355]


To [Burges] JohnsonJan. 12, 1939Amherst 

Gives permission to quote from anything in Not Under Forty and conditional permission to quote from letter to Pat Knopf explaining reasons for structure of The Professor's House. Prefers the distinct separations of that form to the mixture of unexpressed feelings typical of modern fiction, though it could have been done that way. Outland's life had become as real to the professor as his own; he became part of the old house. Glad Pat is studying with him.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1433]


To Irene Miner Weisz and Carrie Miner SherwoodMay 16, 1941WCPM 

Has been under a great deal of stress since mid-March. An old and dear friend died in San Francisco, and Roscoe has been in hospital with heart lesion. Local heart doctor let him go on with high blood pressure several months before calling in a specialist. Attack might have been averted if he had taken action sooner. Is going to California as soon as doctors will let him have a visit, probably June. Not letting Elsie Sergeant know how seriously ill he is. Has thought of them a great deal during these weeks and wishes she could have been with them to see exhibit of French paintings in Chicago. Has had many touching letters since publication of Sapphira and felt under emotional strain. Will probably not see them on her way to California, because doctors can make special arrangements for her on train from Montreal. Edith will go. With hand in metal gauntlet cannot even dress herself without help. Still hopes to write again with special brace. Sigrid Undset and the Menuhins have helped cheer her up. Undset a woman of great character and many abilities; knows everything about flowers; is a person cut on a heroic scale and never speaks of her son's death in German concentration camp. P.S.: What she said about Madame Undset to be kept confidential. Wanted them to know about this wonderful person who could not be broken even by the German Army.  Willie   [Stout #1541]


To Mrs. George WhicherApr. 22, 1942PM 

Was in hospital with a bad throat and high temperature when her letter came. Right hand doing well now, under Dr. Ober's care. Did she get to hear Jack sing at St. Paul's Chapel March 15? Was in the hospital then, so couldn't go. Surprised to hear Jack is studying law, though his innate brightness will surely enliven the level of law practice in this country. Life is so hectic nowadays, with the stressfulness of world events. P.S.: Understands she met Sigrid Undset at Mount Holyoke. Glad American readers have been willing to read Undset's Return to the Future in spite of its praise for Japan. Undset liked the cleanness and elegance of the Japanese, in contrast to the dirtiness of the Russians. Gunnar's Daughter [translation of "FortÓ•llingen om Viga-Ljot og Vigdis," published by Knopf in 1936]probably her best book. W. S. C.  Willa Cather   [Stout #1578]


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