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Received letters and thanks him for his sensitivity. The review [ , "Bright Incidents," , September 1931, vi-vii] she discussed in the letter [see #1842] is the only one that ever hurt her personally. Thought the was a friend even though business perspectives seem to overtake everything. Review will not inspire controversy, though, for a writer must not become defensive in print about her work. Has gotten over the whole thing. The two of them should get together to toast , or whatever his name is. Willa Cather
It is not a review she wrote about, but an essay evaluating her writing and character generally [ , "Bright Incidents," , September 1931, vi-vii]. People seem to think the piece reflected and the viewpoint, for was not cited in letters they have sent her. Understands an unobtrusive editorial relationship, but this went too far. At , would never have let such a destructive article be published, and no staff member would have let it through without explicit approval from Mr. McClure or herself. It is possible to be civilly critical, but the piece is so disrespectful that it never should have been published. The is free to think what it pleases, but what editor can justify printing the following [ text is literally cut out and pasted on the letter]: "Like most of her books, it is elegiac, beguiling its readers with pictures of a life that has disappeared, and deliberately exploiting the remoteness of that life in order to cast a golden haze about it." "Deliberately exploiting" suggests she is manipulating her readers for self-aggrandizing reasons, and she is not. Other reviewers, like Dr. Cross, don't particularly care for the [Shadows on the Rock], but at least have enough sophistication to see what she was attempting [in Wilbur Cross, "Men and Images," 8 (August 22, 1931): 67-8]. The piece certainly damages her reputation, but even worse, it injures her personally, as the has always been a friend. Is sorry that first letter of complaint sent to an editor is being sent to him. Willa Cather