A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Mariel GereJune 1, 1893 from Red Cloud, Nebr. on father's letterhead ; WCPM 

Had to leave without saying goodbye because of grandmother's illness. Brother James has the measles. Sister Elsie prates of Willie and "Willwese" [for Louise]. Louise dislikes the name Willa but will not call her Love in front of others. Could Mariel and her sisters come to visit? Louise may do so. Mrs. Wiener's health has improved, and Mrs. Garber is her pleasant self.   W. Cather   [Stout #12]


To Charles GereMar. 14, 1896 from Red Cloud, Nebr.WCPM 

Enclosing a letter to Professor Adams. Has been to see Regent Kaley, who says decision on new instructor to replace Professor Bates rests with regents and chancellor. Please speak to them about it. Is confident she can stay in the job if she gets temporary appointment. Age and sex are against her, but would take it at lower rank and less pay than a man.   Willa Cather   [Stout #23]


To Fred [Winifred Richardson, later Garber]Aug. 15, 1898, from Red Cloud, Nebr.WCPM 

Writing on family's behalf. Will be at home until first of October; having lots of fun. Is leaving for a ten-day hunting trip near Big Horn with Roscoe. Douglass handsomer than ever. Would like to demonstrate what good gin cocktails she can make. Hopes to produce a book of essays about the theater next winter. Plans to return to Pittsburgh because of job. Refused offer from the New York Sun that would have meant night work. Has had a happy year.    Willa Cather   [Stout #50]


To Fred [Winifred Garber?],  n.d. Sept. 1898?WCPM 

Wanted to ask about her future plans, but never had a chance to talk freely. Please explain to Mr. McNeny why she has been so little at his office— because wanted to spend as much time as possible with family.    Willa   [Stout #52]


To Dorothy CanfieldOct. 10, 1899 from 1176 Murray Hill, PittsburghUVt 

Is studying Greek and being treated like a goddess. Hasn't seen the Nevins, but they have phoned and he has sent a copy of Shakespeare's sonnets. In Chicago had dinner with Mr. Dooley. He and the Peatties encouraged her to come there to work. Mrs. Peattie's new story in Atlantic ["The Man at the Edge of Things," reviewed by Cather Nov. 4] establishes her as a writer. Was met at the train station by Isabelle, looking beautiful. They have been walking in the hills and going to concerts. Has read all of Dorothy's letters from Paris. Had a nice visit with May Willard last night. P.S.: Will tell her about Alfred next time.  Willa   [Stout #58]


To George Seibel,  n.d. [c. May 1, 1903?] WCPM 

Has been called to New York. Please advise what journals might review the book of poems. Hopes McClure's bodes well.    W. S. C.   [Stout #83]


To H. G. DwightJuly 3, 1906 on McClure's letterhead ; Amherst 

Will publish "The Valley of the Mills" as is if he can't revise it. Would like to see "Mortmain" again if he can sharpen its point.   S. S. McClure, per W. S. C.   [Stout #114]


To S. S. McClure,  Monday [prob. early 1907] Indiana 

Has held up illustrations for the first article. In a rush to get out Harper's Weekly with shortage of staff. Won't lose much time, as still has some Boston material.   W. S. C.   [Stout #127]


To Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant,  Friday [early 1911?] PM 

Not feeling well, and now Miss Lewis isn't also. She had better not come.   W. S. C   [Stout #187]


To Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant,  n.d. [pm. Mar. 1, 1912] , from New YorkPM 

Has sold the Bohemian Girl story for $500. Was offered $750, but that was too much. How can she [Cather] leave McClure's when they are so nice to her? Mr. Mackenzie already wanting to advertise the opera singer story, when she hasn't even written it. Thinks she caught the germ of selling manuscripts from her! It was a good one to catch. Is staying in town for the dinner for William Dean Howells.   W. S. C.   [Stout #213]


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