A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Louise PoundOct. 13, 1897 from PittsburghDuke 

Not fair to accuse her of keeping her address a secret. Had not expected to be daytime telegraph editor when she accepted the Leader job, but when it became available applied and got it, despite youth and sex. Work is like running a race, but hours are short. Hard to write distinctive headlines for a dozen suicides at a time. Has received A Portrait of a Lady [ James ]. Mr. Farrar has come to call, so must break off.    Willa Cather   [Stout #46]


To Dorothy Canfield,  n.d. [c. Jan. 5, 1905] UVt 

Can't withdraw the story without canceling the entire volume, which is already in type. Doubts Miss Osborne will ever see it, let alone take it to heart. Does not agree it is a portrait of her. Isabelle, who has a strong moral sense, does not see anything wrong. This has spoiled the pleasure in her first book of fiction. Wouldn't ask such a thing of anyone. Is very hurt by Dorothy's attitude.   Willa   [Stout #101]


To Judge Duncan M. VinsonhalerMay 23, [1923], from ParisUVa 

Will sit for a portrait in Paris if the people of Omaha want her to. Is being hounded by reporters since the Pulitzer announced. Sends greetings to the Newbranches.   Willa Cather   [Stout #686]


To Duncan M. VinsonhalerJuly 28, [1923] from Ville d'AvrayUVa 

Has decided on Leon Bakst for the portrait. He believes he can do it, though he is busy designing sets for Paris Opera. Not sure he will do a good likeness, but it will be an interesting picture. Has agreed to $1,000, the amount Vinsonhaler suggested. Please keep confidential. This has been a difficult matter.   Willa Cather   [Stout #690]


To Irene Miner WeiszAug. 11, [1923], from Ville d'AvrayNewberry 

Has been very busy this summer. Had to choose a painter for the portrait commissioned by the people of Omaha. Expects to be at home for Christmas. Looks forward to telling her about Isabelle's house and friends. Bakst paints in a modern style that may not produce a perfect likeness. Fears people in Omaha won't be pleased.   Willie   [Stout #692]


To Duncan M. VinsonhalerAug. [17?, 1923], from Ville d'AvrayUVa 

Has received check for $1000 to pay Bakst. Work has been slow. Her health has not been good, and she is very tired; going to Aix-les-Bains to rest. Not sure her parents will want to go to Omaha to unveil the portrait. Would prefer this to be quiet. May Bakst exhibit the portrait in Philadelphia and Boston before sending it to Omaha? Will probably sail for the U.S. in late October and is not eager to get to Omaha, where the aggressive Mrs. Shotwell lurks. The questions she wrote to Bakst are entirely too personal and intrusive!   Willa Cather   [Stout #693]


To Duncan M. VinsonhalerSept. 6, [1923], from Aix-les-BainsUVa 

Is resting here for a month. Sixteen sittings for the portrait, rather than the ten anticipated. Has the check in a safe deposit box until the painting is finished. Are they willing for Bakst to exhibit it? Not sure she can bring it with her. Are they willing for a photograph of it to be in the New York Times? Mrs. Shotwell's rude letter enclosed.   Willa Cather   [Stout #700]


To Zoë AkinsSept. 14, [1923], from Aix-les-BainsUVa 

Is spending a month here getting treatment for neuritis on right arm. Will sail as soon as Bakst finishes portrait, paid for by the city of Omaha.   Willa   [Stout #701]


To Duncan M. Vinsonhaler,  Monday [Dec. 10, 1923] , from New YorkUVa 

Sorry she hadn't understood he expected her to be in Omaha for the unveiling of the portrait. No longer plans to be in Nebraska for Christmas; is working on a new book. Would much rather visit when there is no ceremony going on. Has also declined to give William Vaughn Moody lectures in Chicago. People seem bent on keeping her from writing! Picture will be shipped tomorrow.   Willa Cather   [Stout #709]


To Duncan M. VinsonhalerDec. 19, 1923UVa 

Glad the portrait has arrived and they like it fairly well. Doesn't know if Bakst can carry on conversation in English. They spoke in French last summer. Has enjoyed their correspondence.   W. S. C.   [Stout #711]


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