A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Irene Miner Weisz,  n.d. [Mar. 12, 1931] , from train crossing KansasNewberry 

Dreamed last night they were traveling together to Red Cloud for her parents' 50th anniversary. Hadn't been a considerate daughter, so didn't deserve the happiness that trip gave her. Irene the only friend who is an active part of both her Red Cloud life and her life since then. Probably why she tells her so much about the Menuhins, so she will go on being a part of it. Hopes to go to Red Cloud for a long visit some time, and hopes she will come.   Willie   [Stout #1044]


To Carrie Miner SherwoodFeb. 19, [1932]WCPM 

Has not written sooner because of influenza soon after getting back. Went to a concert given by Yehudi Menuhin and out to supper with him and has felt unwell ever since. And secretary went away on vacation! Keeps thinking about happy weeks in Red Cloud and visits with Carrie and Mary. Probably it was run-in with Will Auld that has unsettled her. Isn't even sleeping well. He still won't give her the facts on whether the mortgage in question has been recorded.   Willie   [Stout #1097]


To Mabel Dodge LuhanApr. 28, [1932?], from Grosvenor Hotel, New YorkBeinecke 

Will write a proper letter after Yehudi Menuhin sails next week. Was sick with influenza all of February and since then trying to catch up on all sorts of things. Has a copy of Lorenzo and will write about it soon.   Willa   [Stout #1107]


To Carrie Miner SherwoodMay 2, [1932?], from Grosvenor Hotel, New YorkWCPM 

Letters seem to have crossed. Edith sent Traveler's Aid booklet so Carrie could see pictures of real people the Society has assisted, not as an appeal for donation. Glad to get good news about Helen Mac [baby?] . Had a nice visit with Yehudi Menuhin day before he left for France. What a lovely person!   Willie   [Stout #1108]


To Ferris GreensletJuly 17, [1932], from Grand MananHarvard 

Here she is trying to eliminate cheap editions and Cape gets one out. But Murray must have had authority to sell British paperback rights. Is sending Cape a preface just to make sure it won't look like a new book. Houghton Mifflin may use it in future if they wish. Staying until September.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1116]


To Irene Miner Weisz,  n.d. [Jan. 19, 1933] , from 570 Park Avenue, New YorkNewberry 

Has taken on so many social engagements, doesn't have time to write letters. Both Myra Hess and the Menuhins are in town. Is glad to have a home again and to have Josephine back, cooking better food than ever! Edith so busy she can't do much about getting settled. How is Helen Mac's baby?   Willie   [Stout #1155]


To Carrie and Mary MinerJan. 31 [1933?]WCPM 

Enjoyed their Christmas letters and rereads them when feeling down. Wishes they could come see her and Edith's apartment. Furniture prices low these days, so they have added some good new pieces to go with the old. Enjoying it very much. Went to celebration for Yehudi Menuhin's sixteenth birthday last week. Must stop and go help Josephine defrost the refrigerator.   Willa   [Stout #1159]


To Zoë AkinsFeb. 19, [1933]Huntington 

Many thanks for the pictures of her home and of herself and of Hugo. Many people in town now, no chance of working. Regrets the news about Sara Teasdale. Why didn't she find anything to live for? Off to a concert with the Menuhins!   Willa   [Stout #1163]


To Mabel Dodge LuhanDec. 14, [1933?], from 570 Park Avenue, New YorkBeinecke 

Found her letter waiting when she returned from New Hampshire. Glad she is having her portrait done. Enjoyed being lazy all summer, but worked hard during the fall. Anticipates a good musical season in New York and is looking forward to the Menuhins' arrival in January. Does she know where Elsie Sergeant is?   Willa   [Stout #1204]


To Carrie Miner SherwoodFeb. 12, [1934?]WCPM 

Often wishes she had time to write her a long letter. Business matters wear her out. Has been struggling to prevent radio broadcasts of her books. Also letters about translations. Would prefer to spend her time producing new work. Knopf indulges her determination to avoid commitments. Happiest part of the season has been the presence of the Menuhin family. Enjoyed reading Shakespeare with the children and sledding with Yehudi on his birthday, followed by a small party with champagne smuggled in by his mother. Enclosing letters from Hephzibah and Yaltah, but she must not show them to anyone.   Willie   [Stout #1215]


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