A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Fanny ButcherMar. 19, [1920], from New YorkNewberry 

Trying to get a passport. Will be abroad when Youth and the Bright Medusa comes out this fall. Hopes she will like it.   Willa Cather   [Stout #502]


To Viola Roseboro'June 5, [1920], from ParisUVa 

Had a wonderful voyage. Edith Lewis not so ill as usual. Enjoyed reading her novel on the way over. Several memorable characters and strong sense of community dynamics. Paris is lovely. Staying just across the river from the Louvre. Veterans in the park are a reminder of the price for such a beautiful civilization.   Willa Cather   [Stout #507]


To Ferris GreensletDec. 23, [1920?]Harvard 

The photo appeared in the Wanamaker Book News shortly after the publication of The Song of the Lark. First edition of Bright Medusa is sold out (3,500 copies) and second edition coming out today.   W. S. C.   [Stout #521]


To Mrs. Charlotte Stanfield,  n.d. [pm. Jan. 6, 1921] , from New YorkUVa 

Appreciates her note about Youth and the Bright Medusa.   Willa Cather   [Stout #523]


To Ferris GreensletJan. 21, [1921]Harvard 

Greatly indebted to him for his kind letter. Youth and the Bright Medusa had sold 3,385 copies as of Dec. 31—very good for a book of short stories many of which were previously published in book form. Hambourg Trio has been concertizing in New York. No telephone, but let her know when she can phone him.   W. S. C.   [Stout #529]


To Dorothy Canfield FisherMar. 21, [1921]UVt 

She was generous in the Yale Review [review of Youth and the Bright Medusa]. Nobody else's praise could mean so much in Red Cloud. No one else knows so well what hard struggles there were in the early years. Now can write calmly and with pleasure. Is a much tamer person now.   Willa   [Stout #534]


To Dorothy Canfield FisherJan. 26, [1922?]UVt 

A great pleasure to be back in touch. Might give a few lectures at the school in Middlebury [the Bread Loaf School]. Is reading proofs of the novel. It was a hard project. Relaxed by writing "Aphrodite" ["Coming, Aphrodite!," Youth and the Bright Medusa, 1920; as "Coming, Eden Bower!," Smart Set August 1920]. Admires newly translated Turgenev stories, especially "A Quiet Backwater." In seclusion now after having attended several miserable public dinners.   Willa   [Stout #574]


To Mr. RuggAug. 10, [1922], from Grand MananDartmouth 

Sorry to be so slow to reply, but mail has been displaced since returning from Bread Loaf. Sent his copy of Youth and the Bright Medusa before she left Vermont, though. No, seldom gives lectures.   Willa Cather   [Stout #613]


To Mary Virginia CatherOctober 24, [1920], on letterhead of "Campagnie des Chemins de Fer P.L.M., Hotel Terminus et Buffet Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles"UNL-Southwick 

Is in Marseilles and will sail October 25; will arrive in New York on November 12. The French were very kind and helpful during her trip from Paris, but the Americans were quite ill-mannered. Has to go everywhere in a carriage while she does her business, but can walk some in the hotel. The injured foot is about as expensive as another traveling companion. Thankfully has a terrific masseuse to treat foot twice daily. Will not need to walk on the boat, but will not like being injured when the boat stops in Naples for three days. French people are so courteous. A Major of Artillery with a missing arm did much to help, and even the drivers have assisted her. Hopes everyone is doing well at home. Edith's mother mailed a nice review of the new book [ Youth and the Bright Medusa ] from the New York Times.   Willa 


To John Sexton KennedyNovember 1, 1932Drew U (Cather 23)  copy at UNL

Apologizes if previous letter seemed lethargic, but it is hard to maintain energy when dealing with a lot of correspondence. Appreciates his kind words about Obscure Destinies. She has a very direct, intimate connection to those stories. Also, she wants American readers to better appreciate the long short story and not dismiss such works automatically. It is that prejudice which values Conrad's Arrow of Gold over his "Youth." The French have valued the genre for a long while, and hopes Americans can, too. Is not worried that a Baltimore man is writing a thesis, but hopes it is better that Mr. MacNamara's article in the Catholic World [McNamara, R., "Phases of American Religion in Thornton Wilder and Willa Cather," Catholic World 135 (May 1932): 641-649]. His sense that spiritual and intellectual advancement is linear is silly; it comes in bursts. Believes Catholicism is wise and humane enough to understand this about people.   Willa Cather