A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Norman Foerster,  Saturday [July 24, 1910?] , from Plainfield, N.H.UNL 

Liked his paper on White. Glad he's no longer trying to imitate Pater and Swinburne.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #183]

To Walter Newman Flower [director of Cassell & Company, London]May 25, 1932UVa 

Appreciates his sending English reviews of Shadows on the Rock. Hopes he will give more care to physical aspects of the next volume, Obscure Destinies. Did not like the dust jacket of Shadows.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1110]

To Walter Sherwood,  [husband of Carrie Miner Sherwood] [Dec. 19, 1935?] WCPM 

Enclosing clipping about some bonds that sound like a crooked deal.   Willa S. C.   [Stout #1286]

To Ferris GreensletMar. 22, 1938Harvard 

Appreciates the copy of Grey of Fallodon, which she enjoyed reading. Did not like May Sarton's The Single Hound; didn't resemble real people. Very different from The Enemy Gods, which she liked very much. Usually does not care for novels about writers, a genre Robert Louis Stevenson referred to as cannibalism. George Gissing's Grub Street an exception. Doesn't care for very fanciful fiction either, including Walter de la Mare. The fanciful works well in poetry, but not in prose.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1404]

To Dr. Damrosch [ American Academy of Arts and Letters ]Oct. 25, 1940AAAL 

Has returned her ballot for the Howells Medal. Continues to hope amendment passed last spring, so inconsistent with the goals of the Institute and the Academy, will be reversed. Plans to attend the annual meeting if possible.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1498]

To Carrie Miner SherwoodMar. 22, 1941WCPM 

Keeps thinking about her and wishes she could write a real letter, by hand. Was saddened by Mary's telegram telling of Walter's [Carrie's husband's] death, but had heard how ill he was. Also heard how beautifully she was taking care of him. Remembers first seeing his picture in her watch case when she was going away to school at St. Mary's. Has spent a great deal of time alone this winter enjoying precious memories like that. Sees very few people besides Mary Virginia and Yehudi Menuhin and wife. Will write again soon. Hand is improving since going to Dr. Ober, a surgeon from Boston. Enjoys remembering evenings she spent with Carrie and Walter ten years ago, when they both gave her good advice.   Willie   [Stout #1534]

To Miss Geffen [ American Academy of Arts and Letters ] [from Sarah J. Bloom, secretary]Aug. 12, 1941AAAL 

Cather is in California due to the illness of her brother. Is not forwarding mail. Therefore, it will be some time before she can consider writing for the "Schrift Fest" for Dr. Damrosch.   Sarah J. Bloom, Secretary   [Stout #1546]

To Felicia Geffen [ American Academy of Arts and Letters ] [from Sarah J. Bloom, secretary]Nov. 26, 1941AAAL 

Cather is sending her contribution to the "Schrift Fest" for Dr. Damrosch today. If too late to include in the volume, please return it so that she can present it personally.   Sarah J. Bloom, Secretary   [Stout #1558]

To Walter Tittlen.d.HRC 

He must be thinking she has no manners, but she was called to Nebraska just after their last sitting. His box of candy carried her through blizzards.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1771]

To Elsie CatherAugust 22, [1934]UNL-Rosowski Cather 

Has received the stories of Dr. Creighton's funeral in Red Cloud newspapers—too bad Carrie and Walter [Sherwood?] had to cut their vacation short. Elsie's difficult summer back west has colored her own summer, too. Elsie should take a year off work after such a summer, should go on a cruise or something. She and Douglass will pay for it, which they ought to do in repayment for Elsie's caring for Bess. Has not corresponded recently because she needed to rest severely sunburned eyes, but has thought of her often. Perhaps Elsie should take Bess to the hospital, and should definitely say if more money is needed. Have the trees gotten any rain recently?   Willie