A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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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 A. F. JaccaciFeb. 2, 1909, on McClure's letterhead ; Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art 

Is trying to find out for Mr. McClure who wrote the article on Whistler published in the September, 1896, McClure's. Hopes he will have that information.   Willa Cather   [Stout #154]


To Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant,  Sunday [Aug. 1913?] PM 

Hates the bright blue paper she [Cather] is writing on. Stuck in this heat trying to write an article on ballet that she promised McClure's. Reviews are wonderful. Going to Virginia in September.   W.   [Stout #262]


To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantNov. 19, [1913], from New YorkPM 

Swedish cousin has died in Paris. Spent a few days in Washington with her cousin's husband after he returned bringing the body. Is settling back into the apartment. Did about 28,000 words on new novel while in Pittsburgh. Has she seen the article about singers in the December McClure's? Fremstad likes it. Has been invited to Boston to visit Mrs. Fields, but can't go until after Christmas. Wishes she [ Sergeant ] were there to go to the ballet tonight. P.S.: Mrs. Fields's primness about a nude figure on the magazine cover is funny.  W. S. C.   [Stout #270]


To Zoë AkinsMay 4, [1918?]Huntington 

Interested in her new efforts in play production. Looking forward to seeing her piece [probably "Did It Really Happen?"] in Smart Set. What is she going to do with the Spoon River poet in her anthology? [The "anthology" was a series by Akins published from Feb. 19 to Aug. 13, 1915, in Reedy's Mirror, St. Louis. The series was to have been published in book form but was not until 1994, under the title In the Shadow of Parnassus: A Critical Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, edited by Catherine Parke.] He is beneath comment. P.S.: Sending some poems not in April Twilights. Novel finished and being set in type.  W. S. C.   [Stout #415]


To H. L. MenckenJuly 2, [1919], from TorontoBaltimore 

Has only one story available [probably "Her Boss," Smart Set October 1919], and it has been declined by Century. He may have it for $100 if he wants it. Looking forward to seeing his book on the American language when she gets back to New York. Interesting that Conrad himself thinks the new book is weak.   Willa Cather   [Stout #467]


To Carl Van DorenJan. 2, [1922]Princeton 

Is back at home and hopes he can come for tea on a Friday. Would like to discuss his chapter on Henry James in The American Novel [1921] .   Willa Cather   [Stout #570]


To Norman FoersterMar. 8, 1923, from New YorkUNL 

Received a copy of his book [ Nature in American Literature ] from Macmillan. Sailing the 17th and will take it with her.   Willa Cather   [Stout #677]


To H. L. Mencken,  n.d. [Aug. or Sept. 1923] , from Aix-les-BainsBaltimore 

Sorry, can't commit anything for the first issue of the Mercury. Being treated for neuritis in right arm and has hardly written a thing all summer. Has three new stories planned. Too beautiful here to stay indoors and write anyway.   Willa Cather   [Stout #698]


To Blanche KnopfMay 28, [1926], from Gallup, N.M.HRC 

Proofs still haven't arrived. When weather improves will start long horseback trip through Canyon de Chelly. So glad cars can't get there. If they prepare a publicity booklet using the London Mercury article, be sure to let her see proof. So easy to get incorrect biographical information into circulation. Please greet Hambourgs while in Paris. Is feeling fine except eyes hurt from the glare of sunshine. P.S.: After June 1 address will be Hotel La Fonda, Santa Fe.  Willa Cather   [Stout #834]


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