A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Dorothy Canfield,  Sunday [May 1904] UVt 

Sorry not to have been more sensitive about the doctoral exam, but doesn't understand Ph.D.s. Now realizes it was an ordeal. Expects to be in New York about June 28 and hopes she can come down. Hasn't decided whether the novel is worth rewriting. Hopes to go abroad with Isabelle again next year. May yet go to Red Cloud this summer. Has had two nice visits with the Willards. Exams to begin soon at school, so will be busy.   Willie   [Stout #98]

To Viola Roseboro' [?] , n.d. [Feb. 1905?] transcription by Bernice Slote; ; Drew U (Adams 166) 

Thanks for the photo of herself. Is getting over the feeling of being disgraced with the firm. Can't understand why some people think she has done something terrible. Hopes to go to New York last week of March. Saw Paderewski perform. Has been feeling very low.    Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #103]

To Mrs. Elizabeth Moorhead VermorckenMar. 7,[1906], from 1180 Murray Hill Avenue, PittsburghPM 

Read her new story along with several friends, and all enjoyed it. The central character is quite compelling. Congratulations.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #111]

To Students of Allegheny High School, PittsburghJune 6, 1906 quoted in ; Bohlke 

Will not return to the school in the fall, though expected to when she told them goodbye. Is going to New York to engage in work she enjoys even more than teaching. Wishes them well in their senior year.    Willa Cather   [Stout #112]

To Ida Tarbell,  Friday [prob. Jan. 4 or 11, 1907] , from New YorkAllegheny 

Has read the tariff articles while at home with a cold and was surprised to find them interesting. Truly important magazine writing.[Tarbell's tariff articles appeared in American Magazine from 1906–1911; in book form 1911.]   Willa Cather   [Stout #124]

To H. G. DwightJan. 12, [1907?], from 60 Washington Square, New YorkAmherst 

Envies his being in Italy. Is working on the material about Eddy, after three men failed with it. It drives out every trace of an imaginative idea. Why doesn't he like [Pierre] Loti—afraid of real imagination? He covers up his own with slang and imitations of Kipling. Or maybe he fears being sentimental. McClure has paid $500 for illustrations for "The Valley of the Mills." Was in Pittsburgh a couple of months ago and saw the Willards. Only music saves her in New York. Please ask Mr. Reynolds to send her his work personally.   Willa S. Cather   [Stout #125]

To Mr. Gilder [ Century Magazine ]June 5, [1907]NYPL 

Story enclosed ["The Willing Muse," Century August 1907], with all grammatical errors found (she hopes) and corrected.    Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #128]

To the Hon. William E. ChandlerJuly 16, 1907 from BostonNHHS 

Will need to treat the current litigation in the last chapter of the History of Christian Science. Wants to approach it by way of Eddy's relationship with her son, George Glover. Is going to Nebraska in late July, would like to see Mr. Glover while in the West. He could edit the article to safeguard Glover's interests in the suit. Would he like to borrow her copy of the 1881 edition of Science and Health?    Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #129]

To Hon. William E. ChandlerAug. 1, 1907 from BostonNHHS 

Understands he cannot give permission to interview the Glovers.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #130]

To Hon. William E. ChandlerOct. 17, 1907, from BostonNHHS 

Found his September 13 letter when she returned. Hopes to see him about the Eddy matter.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #131]

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