A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Lewis GannettDec. 16, [1918?]Harvard 

Prefers to remain silent. [?]   Willa Cather   [Stout #445]

To Carrie Miner SherwoodJan. 8, [1921?]WCPM 

Has met Lewis only twice, the last time a decade ago. Appreciates his always saying such nice things. Please excuse his having written Main Street [1920].   Willie   [Stout #525]

To Sinclair LewisApr. 14, [1921], from TorontoBeinecke 

Thanks for the kind things he said about her in his Omaha lecture. He is the kind of person whose respect matters.   Willa Cather   [Stout #539]

To R. L. ScaifeApr. 14, [1921], from TorontoHarvard 

Understands Sinclair Lewis is saying the kinds of things that may increase sales. Are her books available in the cities where he is lecturing?   Willa Cather   [Stout #540]

To Ferris GreensletApr. 27, [1921], from TorontoHarvard 

Sorry he hurt his shoulder. Her sprained ankle still bandaged. Please give Mr. Llona additional time on the translation. Some of what he has done seems worthwhile. Sinclair Lewis and Floyd Dell have been saying nice things about her. Sorry she couldn't go hear Lewis when he was in Toronto.   W. S. C.   [Stout #542]

To Mrs. Charlotte StanfieldJune 12, [1921], from TorontoUVa 

Sorry to have left town without seeing her and Mrs. [Franz?] Boas. Sinclair Lewis said such nice things in his Toronto lecture that she had to beg people to leave her alone so she could work. Health is better than when she left. Novel progressing. Sending a snapshot taken when she was in the Mediterranean.   Willa Cather   [Stout #544]

To William Allen WhiteJune 22, 1922, from New YorkEmporia  UNL

Dorothy Canfield leaving for Italy on Saturday [24th]. She has done so much for the book, including arranging to review it for the New York Times. Sinclair Lewis to review it for the New York Evening Post. Might he consider doing so? Knopf will send an advance copy in August.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #603]

To Sinclair LewisJune 27, [1922], from New YorkBeinecke 

Glad to hear he is reviewing One of Ours. It will be either a failure or a triumph, and she is glad friends will be deciding which. Hopes to see him next winter.   Willa Cather   [Stout #607]

To Dorothy Canfield Fisher,  Tuesday [Oct. 3, 1922?] , from Central Park, New YorkUVt 

Controversy about the book ought to boost sales, at any rate. Receives letters equally absolute on both sides. Had tea yesterday with William Allen White—such a pleasant person. He kept trying to encourage her and joked that her elite literary set had abandoned her. Sinclair Lewis there also. Glad she didn't feel irritated with him, because she can never hide it. P.S.: Would like to meet Robert Frost.  Willa   [Stout #624]

To Dorothy Canfield FisherFeb. 27, [1924]UVt 

Letter came at a good time, when she was in bed partly to avoid social obligations, partly because of a stiff neck. Pleased to report people of Red Cloud crowned her picture with a laurel wreath. Has enjoyed reading The Doctor Looks at Literature [by Joseph Collins, 1923]. Recommends Mme Curie's book about her husband. Mother is still vexed by Sinclair Lewis's Babbitt. Unfortunately for Alfred Knopf, just when readers are prepared to buy books by her about the West she starts writing things where setting doesn't matter. P.S.: Is the yellow cat male or female?  Willa   [Stout #719]