A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Ferris GreensletSept. 13, [1915], from Red Cloud, Nebr.Harvard 

Good work on the publicity booklet and poster. Thanks for the advance copy. Likes the cover, jacket, and type. Has excellent photos of Mesa Verde provided by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, also of Taos and the pueblos near Santa Fe. Would he still like to have a book about the Southwest? Might be able to travel for free on Santa Fe next summer to gather additional material. Unfortunately, has gained six pounds while climbing and riding. Edith lost weight.   W. S. C.   [Stout #322]

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 Elizabeth Shepley SergeantJune 23, [1925], from Santa FePM 

Review was a hard job well done. Is enjoying Santa Fe. Mary Austin is in town and making pronouncements on any subject. Going to San Gabriel tomorrow.   W. S. C.   [Stout #787]

To Mabel Dodge Luhan,  Friday [June 26, 1925?] , from Alcalde, N.M.Beinecke 

Sorry to have missed her. Expects to finish proofs Sunday and leave Monday or Tuesday. Might they rent a guest house after all? Doubts advice on manuscript would be worth board for two. If they don't hear from her by phone, will return to Santa Fe.   Willa Cather   [Stout #788]

To Paul ReynoldsJune 28, [1925], from Alcalde, N.M.Columbia 

Send mail to the Hotel La Fonda, Santa Fe, N.M. Enjoying her trip.   W. C.   [Stout #789]

To Mabel Dodge Luhan,  Monday [July 6, 1925?] , from Santa FeBeinecke 

The disagreeable Meyerses, whom they met at Taos, turned up at La Fonda! Is sending some cigarettes. Not very good quality, but no good ones available. These are at any rate fresh. Is receiving letters from people who liked "Tom Outland" in Collier's. Still tracking down old priests. Going to Laguna on Wednesday.   Willa Cather   [Stout #790]

To Wilton GraffJuly 19, [1925], from Santa FeWCPM 

[First name of Mr. Graff provided in Bernice Slote papers at UNL.] Has just returned from a long horseback ride in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Appreciates his comments on the book. Will drink his health when she is in Paris next spring. Sorry for having to use hotel stationery.   Willa Cather   [Stout #791]