A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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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]

To Mrs. Genevieve RichmondDec. 8, 1933First Church 

Did not write Georgine Milmine's biography of Mary Baker Eddy, only did some editorial work on it, including a few paragraphs of rewrite. It was done only for the magazine articles. Doesn't believe she ever even saw the book. Indeed, Milmine may have put back in some of the material she cut out. Wishes certain people wouldn't go about saying she wrote it.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1201]

To Cyril ClemensJan. 27, 1934Virginia 

Thanks for the copy of Miss Hazen's article. No, has not become a Catholic, though admires the Church and contrary to her Episcopal bishop, believes it the source of all Christian churches. Glad to hear of the postage stamp honoring Mark Twain.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1212]

To Mary Miner Creighton,  Thursday [Mar. 29, 1934] , from New YorkNewberry 

Has been in splints for four weeks, left hand useless, right hand overworked so can't write. Menuhins have been distracting her. Enclosing check to the church guild.   Willie   [Stout #1220]

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 Roscoe CatherJune 12, 1935 [note at end says this is a carbon copy made for Carrie Miner Sherwood] ; WCPM 

Returning Virginia's letter. Mary Virginia's wedding was beautiful. Was at the Little Church Around the Corner, which their father used to like so much when he came to New York. Isabelle insisted on attending. Likes the groom, Dick Mellen, a new M.D. from Harvard beginning internship at Bellevue Hospital. Mary Virginia will continue working at the library. Own plans not clear. P.S. to Carrie: Has the Miner farm been damaged by flooding of the Republican River? [Stout #1263]

To Ferris Greenslet,  n.d. [c. Jan. 10, 1938] Harvard 

Does not belong to any club except the Episcopal Church Guild in Red Cloud.   W. S. C.   [Stout #1388]

To Bishop George Allen BeecherSept. 28, 1940HSNeb 

Appreciated his letter about dedicating the altar rail at Grace Church, a place she loves as she loves few others. Remembers the evening of her and parents' confirmation, which meant so much to them all. Glad to hear Molly Ferris was able to be there for the dedication. Hopes to visit Red Cloud this winter and talk with him about the things that have kept her away.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1493]

To Bishop George Allen BeecherFeb. 25, 1941HSNeb 

He has probably heard about her hand problem. Used it too soon and had a relapse. Please address her by first name, as friends in Red Cloud do. Had a pleasant if not merry Christmas in the hospital. Enjoyed hearing the nurses speak French. Wishes she could have been in Red Cloud for the funeral of Mollie Ferris. One consolation for hand problem is she will be able to get to Lenten services more often than usual. Will be thinking about Grace Church and her Bishop.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1530]

To Stephen TennantApr. 15, 1941Yongue 

Likes the cover for Lascar; it transports her to Marseilles. Likes the way the church towers over all while frivolous and shabby and alluring things wash around it. Sense of crowding and human variety perfectly captures Marseilles. Surprising he never read Maupassant until recently. Glad he is feeling well and enjoying himself. Was sorry to learn that Virginia Woolf had died; knows that was a loss to him. Hand improves very slowly.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1536]

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