A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Yaltah Menuhin,  Tuesday [Nov. 23, 1937] Princeton 

Will meet her at noon at the 58th Street door of her hotel for a walk in the park. If she can't go, don't worry, will go on alone.   Aunt Willa   [Stout #1381]

To Yaltah MenuhinDec. 27, [1937]Princeton 

Will stop by hotel at noon for a walk.   Aunt Willa   [Stout #1384]

To Zoë AkinsDec. 30, [1937]Huntington 

Chrysanthemums arrived looking freshly cut. Reminded her of Remembrance of Things Past, always the smell of chrysanthemums in the drawing room of Odette. Loves the orange marmalade, too. Had a delightful Christmas, with Menuhin children in town. Their presence reassures her that youth can still be wonderful.   W.   [Stout #1386]

To Yaltah Menuhin,  Wednesday [Jan. 5 or 12, 1938] Princeton 

Tried to describe to Isabelle how beautiful a bride she was. Wishes she could have made a quick sketch, as Stephen [Tennant] could have. Has enjoyed knowing her since she was six.   Aunt Willa   [Stout #1387]

To Yaltah MenuhinJan. 11, 1938Princeton 

Will come by hotel a little before noon and they can go see Lady Hamilton [painting at Frick Museum].   Aunt Willa   [Stout #1390]

To Hephzibah Menuhin,  Thursday [Jan. 13, 1938] Princeton 

Thanks for protecting her from the reporter. Weather too damp to go out, but evening will probably be fine.   W. S. C.   [Stout #1391]

To Yaltah Menuhin,  Sunday, Feb. 20, [1938?]Princeton 

Thoughts went with her out to sea. Enjoyed the verses she sent. Weather terrible, so has stayed at desk working on new story. Ate a little orange from Yehudi's orange tree yesterday. Very juicy but sour!   Aunt Willa   [Stout #1399]

To Ferris GreensletMar. 2, 1938Harvard 

Is recovering from influenza. Enjoyed reading about his meeting with Stephen Tennant and mother and stepfather, Sir Edward Grey. Didn't mean Grey was stern, but his interests and Stephen's utterly dissimilar. Very pleased with O Pioneers! in autograph edition. Did he hear the recital Hephzibah and Yehudi Menuhin gave in Boston? Such a joy to know them!   Willa Cather   [Stout #1401]

To Marutha Menuhin,  n.d. [Mar. 1938?] Princeton 

Meant to send enclosed clipping sooner, but was ill with influenza. There must not be an appendix left in the whole Menuhin family. Now Hephzibah!   Vassinka   [Stout #1402]

To Zoë AkinsJune 4, 1938Huntington 

Right hand was smashed in a drug store door in May. Can't write. Appreciated the orange blossoms, which came while she was in Atlantic City but were still fragrant when she returned. Orange marmalade a treasure. Is feeling reconciled to Hephzibah's and Yehudi's marriages. Isabelle wrote from Sorrento that the entire family, including the new husband and the new wife, visited her there. Though usually so critical of people's shortcomings, Isabelle likes them in spite of theirs. Is herself somewhat like a porcupine when meeting people, so is glad Isabelle reassured her about these new members of the Menuhin family. Thinks Thornton Wilder's new play quite good, authentically in the spirit of New England. Has felt that the dead remain part of people's lives there, as in the play.   Willa   [Stout #1407]

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