A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Dorothy Canfield FisherMar. 10, [1930], from Pasadena, Calif.UVt 

Mother had a laugh from the picture of Mark Twain dinner. Seems a little better than last year, but still terrible condition. Sister away for a little rest. English nurse has been caring for her for a year and is very good. Has a cottage [at Las Encinas Sanitarium] of her own and is comfortable physically, but life looks bleak.   Willa   [Stout #1008]

To Cyril ClemensDec. 28, [1933?], from 570 Park Avenue, New YorkWCPM 

Glad to accept the medal of the International Mark Twain Society. Is proud to think, as Albert Bigelow Paine reports in his biography, that Mark Twain expressed admiration of one of her poems [later letter says "The Palatine"]. P.S.: Sorry to be slow responding, but is just back from northern Canada [?].  Willa Cather   [Stout #1208]

To Cyril ClemensJan. 10, 1934WCPM 

Doesn't know when she will be in the West, probably not until next winter. Has lost her copy of article about My Ántonia written for Mark Twain Society. Could he provide the name of the woman who wrote it?   Willa Cather   [Stout #1211]

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 Cyril Clemens1934? typed commentary about Mark Twain with hand corrections [possibly the material referred to in no. 1214] ; WCPM 

Once met a Russian violinist who said he would greatly like to see the Mississippi River. He grew up near the Volga and had read Huckleberry Finn in translation as a boy and wondered if the Mississippi was like the Volga. Hard to imagine how the regional colloquialism of the book could be translated into Russian. But the book has enough vitality to shine through even botched language.   [Stout #1213]

To Carrie Miner SherwoodJan. 27, 1934WCPM 

International Mark Twain Society has voted My Ántonia a silver medal, but must go to St. Louis to receive it. She might enjoy reading enclosed report done for the Society. Please don't show people in Red Cloud who are spiteful or would gape at Annie Pavelka to see how dissimilar Ántonia is. Why won't people believe fiction is not a direct portrait of real people? "Two Friends" not about Mr. Miner and Mr. Richardson, but the emotional response to them felt by a child. It recreates a memory. Similarly, Ántonia sums up emotions about immigrant people she knew there. Mr. Sadilek's suicide was the first thing she heard about upon arriving in Nebraska. Her fiction has always been a precise representation of her feelings, never faked or exaggerated feeling. P.S.: Enjoyed seeing Irene when she was in New York.  Willie   [Stout #1214]

To Cyril ClemensJan. 10, 1935UVa 

Very glad to receive the Mark Twain medal and his account of the dinner.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1248]

To William Lyon PhelpsFeb. 17, 1936Beinecke 

Has read his article on Mark Twain in the Yale Review. Knew Mark Twain in his last years. Has always found the Van Wyck Brooks book about him grossly inaccurate. Glad to hear Phelps thinks so, too. If Brooks had been able to spend five minutes talking with the grand old man in his bed, he would have written differently.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1298]

To Cyril ClemensMar. 15, 1937WCPM 

Has just returned from West Coast and found his letter. Would be glad to have the booklet on Housman dedicated to her, but imagines it has already been published by now. Enjoyed reading the Housman issue of the Quarterly. Has he seen the drawing of Housman in William Archer's Modern English Poets? [Probably Archer's Poets of the Younger Generation, 1902.]   Willa Cather   [Stout #1305]

To Cyril ClemensAug. 15, [1936?]WCPM 

Probably written before no. 1336. Appreciates his offering her the vice-presidency of the Mark Twain Society.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1323]