A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Dorothy CanfieldOct. 10, 1899 from 1176 Murray Hill, PittsburghUVt 

Is studying Greek and being treated like a goddess. Hasn't seen the Nevins, but they have phoned and he has sent a copy of Shakespeare's sonnets. In Chicago had dinner with Mr. Dooley. He and the Peatties encouraged her to come there to work. Mrs. Peattie's new story in Atlantic ["The Man at the Edge of Things," reviewed by Cather Nov. 4] establishes her as a writer. Was met at the train station by Isabelle, looking beautiful. They have been walking in the hills and going to concerts. Has read all of Dorothy's letters from Paris. Had a nice visit with May Willard last night. P.S.: Will tell her about Alfred next time.  Willa   [Stout #58]

To Frank Egleston RobbinsMay 21, 1924Michigan 

Is satisfied with arrangements for stay in Ann Arbor. Will attend luncheon, and will appreciate his providing her a cap and gown. Rather short gown, fairly large head size.   Willa Cather   [Stout #733]

To Frank Egleston RobbinsJune 8, [1924]Michigan 

Arriving in Ann Arbor via the "Wolverine" on Sunday morning, June 15. Hopes to be met at the station.   Willa Cather   [Stout #734]

To Irene Miner WeiszJune 10, [1924]Newberry 

Will reach Chicago the afternoon of June 17 after receiving honorary degree at the University of Michigan the previous day. Would like to spend the night with her.   Willie   [Stout #735]

To Dorothy Canfield FisherJune 27, [1924], from Red Cloud, Nebr.UVt 

Enjoyed Michigan after all. A dreadful place but interesting people. Enjoying nieces and nephews. Parents amazingly vigorous.   Willa   [Stout #737]

To [Frank Arthur] SwinnertonSept. 18, [1924], from Grand MananArkansas 

Appreciated his sending her the Proust Within a Budding Grove. Glad he has had a good trip to Rome. Received an honorary doctorate from University of Michigan in June, then went to Red Cloud. Here on the island since early August, writing. Impossible to tell when a good work period will come. Leaving in three days for Boston and back to New York.   Willa Cather   [Stout #745]

To Read BainJan. 14, 1931Michigan 

Out of many fan letters, it is easy to recognize one of substance. Yes, it is disadvantageous for a writer to be female. Suggests Virginia Woolf for an accurate statement. Often returns to early memories, because young children are virtually without sex. Interesting to hear which books he prefers, but believes A Lost Lady is better than either of the two he named.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1033]

To Zoë Akins,  n.d. [pm. June 21, 1931] , from Grosvenor Hotel, New YorkUVa 

Princeton festivities went fine. Enjoyed meeting the Lindberghs, especially Mrs.   Willa   [Stout #1057]

To unnamed "boys" [sons of Annie Pavelka?]June 26, 1931, from Grosvenor Hotel, New YorkWCPM 

Did not forget their commencement. Has shown their pictures to friends in Pasadena and New York as examples of the fine Bohemian boys in Nebraska. Has had a commencement of her own—honorary degree at Princeton. Met the Lindberghs. Sorry not to stop when she came through, but will be there before another year goes by.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1058]

To Read BainOct. 22, 1931Michigan 

Has been back in New York only a few days. Please either discontinue use of middle name or spell it right. Yes, most reviewers criticize her for not writing a typical historical novel with lots of action. No, is not Catholic but respects the Catholic Church as the religion most dear to humanity and for the longest time.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1079]