A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Miss Van Tuyll,  [at Houghton Mifflin] May 24, [1915], from New YorkHarvard 

Very pleased that she likes the story. Doesn't want a picture of herself published unless she gets a good one this summer at the cliff dwellings. Will get one taken by a photographer if she must, but it will only be disillusioning to the public.   Willa S. Cather   [Stout #307]

To Miss Van Tuyll [at Houghton Mifflin]Dec. 4, [1917]Harvard 

The sample of heavy lettering is what she had in mind, but the accent over the initial "A" needs to be more distinct.   Willa Cather   [Stout #401]

To Carl Van DorenJuly 30, [1921], from TorontoPrinceton 

Has been noticing his writing on authors in their own styles, and likes what he did with her. Believes her new novel will be her best yet, but he will still probably think it formless. He can return her copy of The Troll Garden when she gets back to New York.   Willa Cather   [Stout #549]

To Carl Van DorenJan. 2, [1922]Princeton 

Is back at home and hopes he can come for tea on a Friday. Would like to discuss his chapter on Henry James in The American Novel [1921] .   Willa Cather   [Stout #570]

To Carl Van Doren,  Monday [c. May 8, 1922?] , from no. 5 Bank Street, New YorkPrinceton 

Thanks for the book, which was waiting when she returned from sanitorium. Glad he likes Ántonia, but believes new book is better. Three years of hard work.   Willa Cather   [Stout #594]

To E. H. AndersonNov. 24, 1922NYPL 

Hurrying to leave for Nebraska but will answer briefly. Georgine Milmine, now Mrs. Benjamin Wells, of Aubrey, N.Y., gathered material on Mrs. Eddy. McClure bought the material, subsequently lost (along with a first edition of Science and Health) when the magazine was sold. Milmine couldn't do the writing, and after sampling short segments of it done by several other people he chose her [Cather]. This was shortly after she came to New York. Carefully checked the material and believes it is all accurate except the first chapter, written by Burton Hendrick, now with Doubleday. His resentment at being removed from the project may be part of the reason Doubleday does not bring it back into print. Please keep confidential.   Willa Cather   [Stout #649]

To Miss Van Dyne [librarian]Jan. 8, 1926Newark 

Glad to be included in their list of best novels.   Willa Cather   [Stout #817]

To Carl Van VechtenSept. 16, [1927], from Jaffrey, N.H.Richmond 

Pleased he likes the book. Tried to make it a selfless, impersonal sort of book.   Willa Cather   [Stout #894]

To Burton J. Hendrick [National Institute of Arts and Letters]Nov. 21, 1929AAAL 

Is pleased to learn she has been elected to the Institute. Letter was slow reaching her because of incorrect address; also, has been in Canada. Is mostly in California, due to mother's illness. Very pleased to accept membership. Will hope to see him again soon.   Willa Cather   [Stout #990]

To Blanche KnopfApr. 28, [1931]HRC 

Please relay her thanks to Van Loon. Suggests she see May issue of Atlantic Monthly for something by her drawn from Virginia [poem "Poor Marty"]. So glad to have caught the errors in Shadows.   W. S. C.   [Stout #1049]