A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantJune 27, 1911, from South Berwick, MainePM 

So glad she liked the stories. They now seem distant and ill tempered. But appreciates the good words. Here, can forget the present and its troubles. Returning tomorrow.   Willa Cather   [Stout #199]

To Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant,  n.d. [pm. Mar. 1, 1912] , from New YorkPM 

Has sold the Bohemian Girl story for $500. Was offered $750, but that was too much. How can she [Cather] leave McClure's when they are so nice to her? Mr. Mackenzie already wanting to advertise the opera singer story, when she hasn't even written it. Thinks she caught the germ of selling manuscripts from her! It was a good one to catch. Is staying in town for the dinner for William Dean Howells.   W. S. C.   [Stout #213]

To Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant,  n.d. [pm. Mar. 2, 1912] PM 

Wishes she were there to go on top of a bus with her to the park. A fine day. Enjoyed last Saturday. Enclosing a note from Mrs. Fields.   W. S. C.   [Stout #214]

To Pauline Goldmark,  n.d. [Mar. 6, 1912?] UVa 

Sorry she has had bad news. Mr. McClure turned up unexpectedly last week. Leaving for Pittsburgh tomorrow. Elsie Sergeant saved her sanity while she [Cather] was in Boston.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #215]

To Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant,  Tuesday [pm. Mar. 13, 1912] , from 1180 Murray Hill, PittsburghPM 

It was hard to get away from New York, because Mr. McClure had arrived. Isabelle's mother is very ill, unconscious following a stroke. Has been able to keep from getting tense and nervous so far. Would be glad for her to come to Arizona, but doesn't know when she will leave, how long she will stay with her mother, or anything at all about Winslow. Was just called to Mrs. McClung's side for a brief interval of consciousness.   W. S. C.   [Stout #216]

To Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant,  Sunday [pm. Mar. 26, 1912] PM 

Mrs. McClung had a relapse on Saturday that seems serious. Has been taking refuge in Michelet; just finished the third volume. Recommends Richard Wagner's autobiography; it is so honest and direct.   W. S. C.   [Stout #219]

To Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant,  n.d. [pm. Apr. 19, (1912)] postcard ; PM 

Has reached Winslow. Is worried about Elsie's news.   W. S. C.   [Stout #220]

To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantApr. 20, [1912] from Winslow, Ariz.PM 

Has been knocking about the West for two weeks. Sorry to hear she is ill. Hopes she will rest up so she can get back to writing. The West so big it is almost frightening. Used to fear she would never escape it. Visited the Bohemian area while in Red Cloud and believes the story catches it just right. Winslow is unattractive; not so nice as New Mexico. Houses are flimsy, her brother's is tiny. Can't write there. Believes she [Cather] could work in Albuquerque. Please try to write clearly when she writes. It is often hard to read her script.   Willa S. C.   [Stout #221]

To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantApr. 26, 1912, from Winslow, Ariz.PM 

People are ultimately more interesting than scenery. Feels restless when the wind keeps her from going riding. Douglass has been on a run for three days, leaving her with a brakeman named Tooker, who keeps house and goes off drinking at night. A big talker. Has been target-shooting with a pistol and may use Tooker for a target if he doesn't drop the polysyllabics. Mainly enjoying the Mexicans in the area, who live south of the train tracks in a delightful village. Hopes to go to Flagstaff and see cliff dwellings tomorrow.   W. S. C.   [Stout #224]

To Elizabeth Sergeant [in North Carolina]May 2, [1912], postcard ; PM 

Yes, does remember springtime in the South. Has gotten over her loneliness. Won't get to Mexico after all.   W. S. C.   [Stout #225]

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