A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Mariel GereMar. 12, [1896] from Red Cloud, Nebr.WCPM 

Feels exiled. Why doesn't Mariel write? Cooks sometimes to relieve boredom. Rides bicycle when weather permits. Planned and orchestrated a wedding breakfast for her [Cather's] cousin and Hugh Miner. Looked after the children the previous week while parents went to Hastings. Enjoys playing cards and going visiting with Douglass and Roscoe, when he comes to town. Has been reading Arabian Nights and Alice in Wonderland to James.   Willa   [Stout #22]

To Ferris GreensletDec. 8, [1919], from New YorkHarvard 

Got the books off to White. People from Boni and Liveright and from Collier's and Ladies' Home Journal came to tea and brought copies of the Tribune article by Mrs. Norris. Will send Mary Austin a copy of The Troll Garden if he didn't already. If Austin is bothering to use her big intellect on writing an article, she ought to have everything.   W. S. C.   [Stout #487]

To Thomas A. BoydMar. 5, 1922 pub. St. Paul Daily News, quoted in Bohlke.

Ideas in Boyd's editorial "A Revaluation," which proposed definitions of the novel, need to be stated more clearly. A true artist of literature knows his or her material sufficiently well to write literally, but does not write literally because art is metaphorical or suggestive. Details in writing are there to create effects and serve the end of the literary structure.   [Stout #581]

To the City Editor [ Omaha Daily News ]Jan. 12, 1924, telegram ; UVa 

Declines to make public statement about portrait.   Willa Cather   [Stout #713]

To Irene Miner Weisz [July 30, 1924] , from Hastings, Nebr.Newberry 

Arriving in Chicago Sunday, August 3. Will leave for New York the next morning.   Willa   [Stout #738]

To Elizabeth Moorhead VermorckenOct. 27, [1926], from Jaffrey, N.H.PM 

Appreciates her letter about the new story [ My Mortal Enemy ], which she has been trying to work out for years. Review in the Chicago Tribune gets the point very accurately. Most people say things like, we're all our own worst enemy. Maybe so, but that wasn't the point. Hopes to have some free time this winter. Please call if she is in town. Has had a good time here in Jaffrey, doing some mountain climbing. Likes being away from New York.   W. S. C.   [Stout #855]

To Zoë Akins [Mrs. Hugo Rumbold]Nov. 21, [1932]Huntington 

Shocked to hear of Hugo's death. At least they had a little time. After one is forty-five death seems to rain down, and after fifty it becomes a storm. Should let her daily routine carry her along, and avoid alcohol for now. Would like to come to California to be with her, but has an eye infection. Also, has just signed a lease on an apartment—570 Park Avenue. Hang on, and time will restore her.   Willa   [Stout #1132]

To Dorothy Canfield Fisher,  n.d. [Jan. or Feb. 1933] UVt 

Would rather Dorothy write an article on her than anyone else [resulting in "Daughter of the Frontier," New York Herald Tribune, May 1933]. Tired of hearing she has sacrificed to art. Has always indulged herself by following likes and avoiding dislikes. Has luxuriated in a great deal of music. Has shut out people in general in order to devote herself to real friends.   Willa   [Stout #1158]

To Dorothy Canfield FisherJune 22, [1933]UVt 

Has received a copy of the Herald Tribune article and sent it to Isabelle. Is grateful Dorothy wrote about her so nicely. Nowadays is happiest if she can forget the past, or at any rate her own place in past scenes. Has always been trying to escape herself and has been happiest when she was best escaping. Where have the years gone? Is happy when she can avoid thinking. Going to Grand Manan next week. Dorothy won't be going to Germany this year, will she?   Willa   [Stout #1186]

To Zoë Akins,  n.d. [pm. May 10 or 20, 1935 (not clear)] Huntington 

People are very pleased about Zoë's Pulitzer Prize. Is still very stressed by daily attendance at hospital. Couldn't give any help in preparing for Mary Virginia's wedding except to write checks. P.S.: Try to read Lucy Gayheart in one sitting.  Willa   [Stout #1258]