A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Enit KaufmanMay 15, 1944HRC 

Appreciates her interest and regards it as a compliment, but does not care to have her portrait painted for American Portraits [pub. Henry Holt, 1946]. Realizes Dorothy Canfield is involved in this effort as well, but even so, does not believe she belongs among the list of people it will include. They are much more public people. Learned from having her portrait published in Good Housekeeping about fifteen years ago that publicity brings interruptions.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1667]

To Dorothy Canfield FisherMay 26, 1944UVt 

So long since she heard from her! Is sending a copy of letter to a Mrs. Kaufman, who wanted her to sit for a portrait. Never again! Many family events have kept her occupied, let alone the war. Has been drawn back in by the family net. Now has three nieces and a nephew living nearby. Has had little energy since the gall bladder operation. Is worn out from constant housekeeping, now that all of New York is burning soft coal. Please help Mrs. Kaufman understand.   Willa   [Stout #1668]