A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Dorothy Canfield,  n.d. [May 1902] UVt 

Examinations to begin soon. Will sail the 14th from Philadelphia, be in England until mid-to late July, depending on when she can meet them in Paris. Why has Dorothy been reading old Hesperians? Is not proud of her writing in them. Was not happy during that time. Hopes she likes new verses ["Lament for Marsyas" and "Hawthorn Tree"].  P.S.: Plan to go to Shropshire.  Willa   [Stout #72]

To Ferris GreensletDec. 21, [1914], from PittsburghHarvard 

Making record progress on the book. Not going to New York until February 1. Hopes he can indeed stop the war while he is in England!   Willa Cather   [Stout #292]

To Emma MillsNov. 8, [1915], from New YorkNYPL 

Is going to Philadelphia tomorrow. Will come to the Book and Play Club luncheon if she is back.   Willa Cather   [Stout #334]

To Ferris Greenslet,  Monday [Nov. 11, 1918?] Harvard 

Please send her photo to the Philadelphia Record.   Willa Cather   [Stout #441]

To Duncan M. VinsonhalerAug. [17?, 1923], from Ville d'AvrayUVa 

Has received check for $1000 to pay Bakst. Work has been slow. Her health has not been good, and she is very tired; going to Aix-les-Bains to rest. Not sure her parents will want to go to Omaha to unveil the portrait. Would prefer this to be quiet. May Bakst exhibit the portrait in Philadelphia and Boston before sending it to Omaha? Will probably sail for the U.S. in late October and is not eager to get to Omaha, where the aggressive Mrs. Shotwell lurks. The questions she wrote to Bakst are entirely too personal and intrusive!   Willa Cather   [Stout #693]

To George SeibelJan. 24, [1927?]WCPM 

Sorry she was away in Philadelphia when he was in New York. Please send his address. Wanted to send him a copy of My Mortal Enemy in the fall, but didn't have address.   Willa Cather   [Stout #871]

To Carrie Miner SherwoodJan. 16, 1930 from the Grosvenor, New YorkWCPM 

Enjoyed her long letter, but can't write back at length because leaving for Philadelphia, where an old friend is dying. P.S.: Jan. 17. Having to go to the funeral—Dr. Lawrence Litchfield, whom she knew in Pittsburgh.  Willie   [Stout #1001]

To Ferris GreensletJune 10, 1940Harvard 

Very pleased with the autobiography of John Buchan being serialized in the Atlantic. Congratulations on securing a book of such good sense that allows one to think about a different life than that in the present troubled state of the world—as different as Virgilian pastoral. Has been accused of escapism, but realizes one can't escape everything. Is utterly unable to escape the sorrow now threatening all that has made life worth living in this world. Her doctor says people in hospitals these days lack the will to get well. He has forbidden her to go to Philadelphia to accept an honorary degree from the University of Pennsylvania this month because her physical resistance is so low. P.S.: Please check current edition of My Ántonia from the Riverside Press and see what poor quality paper they are using. One side of the page bleeds through to the other.  Willa Cather   [Stout #1484]

To Van Wyck BrooksOct. 14, 1940Penn 

Shares his high opinion of Archibald MacLeish's statement about the war. [MacLeish called on the U.S. to enter the war in order to defend democracy against fascism.] People pay far too little attention to statements by important leaders. No one has made more forceful and important statements than Winston Churchill, but neither he nor MacLeish is likely to be able to wake people up to the dangers.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1496]

To Van Wyck BrooksOct. 26, 1940Penn 

Writing to call his attention to an error on page 434 of his book on New England. Not true she edited the letters of Sarah Wyman Whitman.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1499]