A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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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 Mrs. ShotwellOct. 20, 1922, from New YorkWCPM 

Many thanks for her good word. Will hope to meet Mr. McNeny in Red Cloud.   Willa Cather   [Stout #633]

To Helen [Sprague?]June 24, [1932?], from Grand MananWCPM 

Please write and tell her all about the baby. Lindberghs' ordeal only seems to get worse. What disgusting deception of them! Has been enjoying their quiet cabin and the cool, foggy weather.    [signature illegible]    [Stout #1114]

To Carrie Miner SherwoodJuly 4, [1932], from Grand MananWCPM 

Read proofs of "Two Friends" [Woman's Home Companion July 1932] before she left New York. Sorry about the terrible illustrations, done by a ninny who knows nothing about the West. Hates publishing in magazines, but they pay well. Elsie reports house and yard look good. Cabin here very pleasant, even without indoor plumbing. Everything such a nice green this year. Mary Virginia coming to spend a month; will stay at inn where they take their meals. Please tell Helen Mac how she enjoyed the letter about the baby, Bernard. Hopes she and Mary weren't bothered by anything in "Two Friends."   Willie   [Stout #1115]

To Irene Miner Weisz,  Monday [Oct. 24, 1932] , from New YorkNewberry 

Trip to Chicago was a lucky charm, bringing nice letters from Douglass and Elsie. Is feeling better about things and willing to go more than half way with them if only they will be honest with her. Also had some cheering news from McNeny [about being able to save Pavelka farm from foreclosure]. Has ordered Irene a dress like the one she admired. It will be $69.50. Enjoyed their visit. Appreciates Irene's tolerance of her failings and still being her friend.   Willie   [Stout #1127]

To Irene Miner Weisz,  Saturday [Oct. 29, 1932] , from Grosvenor Hotel, New YorkNewberry 

Appreciates the candy. Is sending Hugo's latest letter. He seems in a little better spirits.[With letter from Hugo Pavelka dated October 24, thanking her for referring him to Bernard McNeny for advice.]   Willie   [Stout #1129]

To [ Helen Sprague? ] [prob. December 1932] , fragment ; WCPM 

P.S.: Obscure Destinies selling well in England. The pianist Myra Hess came by and said her friends were praising it, and reported good words John Galsworthy had asked her to convey.  P.S.: Sorry little Bernard is ill, making Christmas sad.  W.   [Stout #1138]

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 Miner SherwoodApr. 26, 1933WCPM 

She may want to listen to talk on the radio May 4.[Cather's speech at the Friends of Princeton University Library dinner, May 4, 1933, honoring Pulitzer Prize winners, is at Princeton.] P.S.: Please thank Helen Mac for the picture of the baby.  Willie   [Stout #1175]

To Bernard DeVotoMar. 10, 1937Stanford 

Appreciated his published letter to Edmund Wilson. Has wanted to say something along those lines herself—that economic conditions are a very small part of human life. Theorists the only ones interested in theories. Social crusaders seem to lose sight of individual human beings. Leo Tolstoi decided, in the end, that it was a mistake to try to reform society. Glad he stepped up to say the world is made up of persons, not masses, and that history, not theories, is our best guide to understanding humanity.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1357]