A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Irene Miner Weisz,  Monday [Jan. 11, 1926] , from New YorkNewberry 

Has a new mink coat purchased by Professor St. Peter [of The Professor's House]. Please ask someone from Mr. Weisz's insurance company to come by and write a policy on it on Friday or Saturday at noon. Is working hard and loving her bishop.   Willa   [Stout #819]

To Harvey NewbranchOct. 27, 1929 pub. Omaha World-Herald, quoted in Bohlke.

Regrets the disappearance of local opera houses in small towns of Nebraska. Remembers the excitement when touring companies came to Red Cloud. With her friends, would go watch the train arrive and the theatrical company get off. Is not sorry there are now motion pictures, but wishes they had not brought demise of live performances. Does not believe movies touch emotions of audience as live performances did, though they are fine entertainment.   Willa Cather   [Stout #985]

To Walter Newman Flower [director of Cassell & Company, London]May 25, 1932UVa 

Appreciates his sending English reviews of Shadows on the Rock. Hopes he will give more care to physical aspects of the next volume, Obscure Destinies. Did not like the dust jacket of Shadows.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1110]

To William Lyon PhelpsAug. 16, [1932?], from Grand MananBeinecke 

Appreciates his calling her attention to the astronomical error in Obscure Destinies. Has changed "transit" to "occultation" in the second printing and cabled Cassell to catch it in the English edition.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1119]

To Irene Miner WeiszJuly 13, 1935, from New YorkNewberry 

Sorry about forgetting to sign check for the second time. A signed one enclosed. Was able to get a compartment on train by telling the man who had it—who turned out to be an officer of the Pullman Company—that her friend was ill. Red cap [train station attendant] got a wheelchair for Isabelle, and she was taken straight to her hotel across the street from Cather's apartment. No use sending flowers for Isabelle's voyage home, as they don't yet know which sailing they will be able to take. Appreciates Irene's kindness while they were in Chicago.   Willie   [Stout #1267]

To Walter Sherwood,  [husband of Carrie Miner Sherwood] [Dec. 19, 1935?] WCPM 

Enclosing clipping about some bonds that sound like a crooked deal.   Willa S. C.   [Stout #1286]

To Zoë Akins,  Monday [Apr. 27, 1936] , from New YorkHuntington 

Is quite well now. Many thanks for the rose tree. Has been reading The Last Puritan. Can't read his technical books, of course. Still misses Josephine, whose letters are as pleasant as she was herself. Had a Swedish maid for three months but let her go, so plodding and unimaginative. Appreciates the invitation to Green Fountains [Zoë's house in California], but doesn't feel she is very good company these days.   W.   [Stout #1316]

To Ferris GreensletMar. 22, 1938Harvard 

Appreciates the copy of Grey of Fallodon, which she enjoyed reading. Did not like May Sarton's The Single Hound; didn't resemble real people. Very different from The Enemy Gods, which she liked very much. Usually does not care for novels about writers, a genre Robert Louis Stevenson referred to as cannibalism. George Gissing's Grub Street an exception. Doesn't care for very fanciful fiction either, including Walter de la Mare. The fanciful works well in poetry, but not in prose.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1404]

To Houghton Mifflin Company [from Sarah J. Bloom, secretary]July 14, 1938Harvard 

Please advise whether final corrected proofs of The Song of the Lark have been sent to Cassell & Company.   [Stout #1412]

To Margaret Moody [secretary to Ferris Greenslet] [from Sarah J. Bloom, secretary]July 18, 1938Harvard 

Have final corrected proofs of The Song of the Lark been sent to Cassell? Have no way of knowing whether the galleys they say they have received are the final corrected ones. Please check.   [Stout #1413]

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