Has been home about two weeks, feeling tired out. Mother better than in years. Hopes he will read her story in the June New England Magazine. Another to be in August or September Scribner's [?]. Hoping for cooler weather. Willa [Stout #70]
Sorry to have been away when she was in town; would have enjoyed seeing her. Liked her poem in the May Scribner's. Will stop off in St. Louis someday to see her and [Zoë] Akins. Willa Sibert Cather [Stout #191]
Enjoyed her long letter. Hopes voyage will be restful. Enjoyed reading her paper about France in Scribner's. Glad to be back from the West; feeling worn out by its vastness. Couldn't exchange all of civilization for Julio. Reading vol. 9 of Michelet with Isabelle. W. [Stout #241]
Went to Maine June 7 and returned home yesterday. Had a wonderful time with Fremstad and then visited Mary Jewett. With Fremstad, was active every minute, fishing, rowing, hiking, and cooking. What a vigorous woman! Thornton Oakley would do good illustrations for a book on Provence. Scribner's would be a good publisher for it. Going to Wyoming soon. Isabelle will probably go to Italy during that time. W. [Stout #284]
Can't reply adequately; on her way to Mexico, won't return to New York until October. Willa Cather [Stout #837]
Would like to agree [to his request for an introduction to new edition of Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome] but is just starting on a trip with brother's family into far northern Canada. The subject deserves more time and effort than she could give it just now. Willa Cather [Stout #1371]
His kind letter needs a quick reply. Planned to pay for the trip all along, and only wanted him to give it some study. His grand offer, though, shall be accepted in the noble manner with which it was offered. He reminds her of their father. All her brothers have a portion of father's graciousness, even Jim, which makes them more gentlemanly than average. Is certain Roscoe's daughters have noticed. Weather in New York is very hot, but must stay until mid-July. Has remained in the city in order to finish the book, and did so. Moreover, the Woman's Home Companion paid a fine price for the serial rights, and it will run there between April and September of 1935. [Lucy Gayheart appeared in the Woman's Home Companion in five parts, from March to July 1935.] The book will have to wait for publication until September 1935, of course. [Lucy Gayheart was published on August 1, 1935.] Scribners made an offer, too, but it was only half the Crowell company's offer, since their circulation is so limited. Money is the only reason to publish serially. There used to be clout in getting items placed in quality magazines, but there are no magazines of quality left. Willie.