A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Blanche KnopfMay 2, [1931], from Pasadena, Calif.HRC 

Please send Jenny by Sigrid Undset.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1051]

To Carrie Miner Sherwood,  n.d. [prob. late Apr. 1932; ref. to letter from Borneo is to a letter from George W. Bullock, a District Officer in British North Borneo, dated Jan. 6, 1932] WCPM 

Finds she failed to send check for maintenance on the house and yard. Enclosing a letter from Alfred Knopf about Sigrid Undset, whose books she probably knows; also letter from someone in Borneo. Please return them. Sorry to hear she has had shingles. Appreciates all her kind deeds, seeing that the yard is kept up and so forth. Hopes Helen Mac's delivery will be easy. P.S.: Take a few dollars out of the check for flowers on parents' graves, please.  Willie   [Stout #1105]

To Carrie Miner Sherwood,  n.d. [1935?] WCPM 

Hopes to write a long letter in a few days. Enclosing a check for church guild and sending Sigrid Undset's newest book.   Willie   [Stout #1255]

To Sigrid Undset,  Monday [prob. Oct. 1940] Oslo 

So gratified that they share convictions, as her letter shows. War news shows that the mills of the gods are grinding.   [Stout #1495]

To Irene Miner Weisz and Carrie Miner SherwoodMay 16, 1941WCPM 

Has been under a great deal of stress since mid-March. An old and dear friend died in San Francisco, and Roscoe has been in hospital with heart lesion. Local heart doctor let him go on with high blood pressure several months before calling in a specialist. Attack might have been averted if he had taken action sooner. Is going to California as soon as doctors will let him have a visit, probably June. Not letting Elsie Sergeant know how seriously ill he is. Has thought of them a great deal during these weeks and wishes she could have been with them to see exhibit of French paintings in Chicago. Has had many touching letters since publication of Sapphira and felt under emotional strain. Will probably not see them on her way to California, because doctors can make special arrangements for her on train from Montreal. Edith will go. With hand in metal gauntlet cannot even dress herself without help. Still hopes to write again with special brace. Sigrid Undset and the Menuhins have helped cheer her up. Undset a woman of great character and many abilities; knows everything about flowers; is a person cut on a heroic scale and never speaks of her son's death in German concentration camp. P.S.: What she said about Madame Undset to be kept confidential. Wanted them to know about this wonderful person who could not be broken even by the German Army.  Willie   [Stout #1541]

To Sigrid UndsetMay 18, 1941Oslo 

The lilies of the valley have been delightful, and her letter as well. So happy that after knowing each other through their books for so long they now know each other personally and realize how many tastes and beliefs they have in common. Scarcely maintains a desire to live, with so much bad news, especially agreement of Hitler with the Vichy French. Hopes she will come to visit again soon.   [Stout #1543]

To Sigrid UndsetNov. 17, [1941]Oslo 

Please come to dinner at seven Saturday, the 22nd. Wants to hear her opinion of the new Christian brotherhood with Stalin.   [Stout #1557]

To Sigrid Undset,  Tuesday [Nov. 26, 1941] Oslo 

On p. 366 of Mathews [ Field Book of American Wild Flowers ] she will find an entry on the swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), which they discussed. Mathews does not note, however, its willow-like and shiny leaves. It was a special thrill to have found one once in a desert canyon rather than a swamp. Greatly enjoys her visits.   [Stout #1559]

To Sigrid UndsetDec. 2 [1941]Oslo 

Feels very happy about her letter. There were not so many serious admirations in one's life, and has long felt such admiration for Undset. Glad she had felt it in return. The fact that they care for the same things is a strong foundation for friendship. Sorry her handwriting is not clear. P.S.: So glad the good news from Russia! [The New York Times of Dec. 2, 1941, reports that the German Army had been driven out of Rostov in a "rout."] [Stout #1560]

To Zoë AkinsDec. 6, [1941?]UVa 

Glad to receive her card. 1942 promises to be a bad year. Does admire Churchill, though. Suggests she read Gregor Ziemer, Education for Death [1941], which was called to her attention by Sigrid Undset.   Willa   [Stout #1561]