A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Ferris GreensletOct. 1, [1916], from Red Cloud, Nebr.Harvard 

Please send a copy of The Song of the Lark to Ruth St. Denis in Los Angeles, who has just written her about "The Diamond Mine." P.S.: Has been asked to do some long stories for New York magazines. Would he be interested in book publication of a group of three or four?  W. S. C.   [Stout #368]

To Mrs. George P. Cather [Aunt Franc]Sept. 9, [pm. 1917], from the Shattuck Inn, Jaffrey, N.H.UNL-Ray 

Understands her regret that G. P. has enlisted, but he has always wanted to be in the military and this is his chance. It's a time of return to basics: men carrying guns. For herself, feels proud of him and glad he can go, especially as an officer. Wishes Jack were going. Was sorry not to see her, but the heat was debilitating and she and her friend fled back East. Was too worn out to work for a while, but now is working every morning in a tent about a mile from the inn. Douglass's reports about Mother are disheartening. Wonders if she should go to California to see about her. Address is at Hotel Garfield on O'Farrell Street in San Francisco. Elsie is delighted with her school and with Albuquerque. On the whole, families are pretty good things to have.   Willa   [Stout #390]

To Henry Chester Tracy [ Hollywood, Calif. ]June 22, 1922, from New YorkUVa 

Can't give him advice on how to write a story except to wait until he feels compelled by his material.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #606]

To Thomas Masaryk [president of the Czechoslovak Republic]Feb. 2, 1925, from no. 5 Bank Street, New YorkBerkeley 

Feels honored to receive his letter and glad to have introduced to him the Bohemian people she knew in Nebraska. While in Red Cloud for Christmas took the original Ántonia and six of her children to see the movie of A Lost Lady. Usually remains friendly with her characters. Wishes she could introduce to him the real Ántonia and her children. The Midwest is such a combination of contradictories that she can only write about what she lived. Has no biographical material to send him except a publicity brochure from Knopf. Is still only beginning to find her proper voice in fiction.   Willa Cather   [Stout #768]

To Dorothy Canfield FisherAug. 17, [1927?], from New YorkUVt 

Letter reached her in Wyoming, and she meant to answer it from Red Cloud but father had a heart attack. Better now. Came back to New York day before yesterday to vacate apartment. Putting things in storage. Has cancelled trip to France. Brother Douglass plans to take parents to California this winter. Doesn't suppose people who are used to movies will care for Death Comes for the Archbishop, a book without women. Sorry moviemakers will soon be at Acoma.   Willa   [Stout #890]

To Dorothy Canfield FisherApr. 3, [1928], from Red Cloud, Nebr.UVt 

Father died March 3, a week after she left for New York. Kept his boyishness to the end. Got back to Red Cloud just at dawn when he was laid out at the house, everyone else asleep, so had some time alone with him. So glad to have had long, happy winter visit with them. Mother has gone to California with Douglass. Is staying to get some repairs done on the house.   Willa   [Stout #928]

To Mrs. StowellApr. 11, [1928], from Red Cloud, Nebr.WCPM 

Hasn't answered her letter because so much has happened. Father died March 3, a quick, gentle death. Is staying on to get some repairs done on the house for when her mother comes back from California. Will hope to see her next time she is in Boston.   Willa Cather   [Stout #929]

To Mary AustinMay 9, 1928, from New YorkHuntington 

Could as soon think of writing a history of China as to write the biography of Amy Lowell that Greenslet was trying to get her to do. Might consider taking up Austin's suggestion [?] but is not writing now. Father died in March. Has been to Mayo Clinic on the way back to New York. May go to California, where mother is visiting Douglass. Troubles almost too much just now.   Willa Cather   [Stout #934]

To Mr. George Whicher and Mrs. Harriet WhicherJan. 1, [1929], from New YorkPM 

Meant to spend a few weeks at the Lord Jeffrey after the holidays, but mother has suffered a stroke. Will have to go to California soon, which means abandoning work on which she had enjoyed making a start. Even worse, has to go to Long Beach. San Francisco would be all right. It will be another bad year. Has a little gift for them.   Willa Cather   [Stout #956]

To Mr. LohmannFeb. 1, [1929], from New YorkYale 

Recovering from bronchitis, but will be happy to accept an honorary degree on June 19. Leaving for California in a few days. Mail can be sent to Knopf.   Willa Cather   [Stout #958]