A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Fred OtteJan. 17, 1944WCPM 

Appreciated the letter, but he needs to work on writing more clearly.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1656]


To Fred OtteDec. 12, 1944WCPM 

Glad to receive his birthday letter. Must find the steel industry energizing. Knows about dogs! Fanciers seem to take on the personalities of the different breeds. Collie lovers all sociable and sentimental. But beware Norwegian elkhounds! Anyone who stays around them will become snappish.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1682]


To Irene Miner WeiszJan. 6, 1945Newberry 

Has kept hoping to write a letter by hand, but has been in brace since December 16. Is afraid of losing the story she was enjoying working on. Cries every time she reads her letter. In the early days, when making her living in newspaper work or teaching and sending money to family, wrote for the joy of it. Over the years has managed to recapture many happy memories by writing. The world has been good to her, but Red Cloud has not. Hard to believe Helen McNeny would lecture on Granville Hicks, who built his career attacking her, in the Auld Library! Naturally, this delights people in Red Cloud who like to spend their time figuring out where she got everything in her books. Truth is, most of the time doesn't know— they just came to her, without her even realizing she wasn't making them up. Remembers how angry Mrs. Fred Garber was about A Lost Lady; she told Douglass she ought to have sued. Never meant to write about Mrs. Garber, but in the shock of learning of her death the story came to her. Wrote an honest recording of feelings she evoked. Mustn't show this letter to the likes of Helen Mac!   Willie   [Stout #1689]


To Sidney FloranceNovember 21, 1945Drew U (Caspersen 54) 

Appreciated his piece on Fred Maurer in the newspaper. Is thankful for it and will put it in her scrapbook. Sat near the Maurer brothers in Red Cloud High School and saw them struggle with poor reading light and inadequate clothes. They were not dealt a fair hand in life. Kept in touch with Fred through letters to the Gurney girl who cared for him, but stopped after she died.   Willa Cather 


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