A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Charles GereMar. 14, 1896 from Red Cloud, Nebr.WCPM 

Enclosing a letter to Professor Adams. Has been to see Regent Kaley, who says decision on new instructor to replace Professor Bates rests with regents and chancellor. Please speak to them about it. Is confident she can stay in the job if she gets temporary appointment. Age and sex are against her, but would take it at lower rank and less pay than a man.   Willa Cather   [Stout #23]

To Mariel GereMay 2, 1896 from Red Cloud, Nebr.WCPM 

Appreciates her help getting through scrapes during years at the university. Now another one. Keeps making a fool of herself! Keeps trying on personas (the scholarly, the bohemian)! Would consider suicide but knows her stupidities spring from liking someone too well. People always watching her, waiting for her to do something unusual. Feels superficial and useless where she is. Little brother Jack is the one consolation. Has been to a dance with Douglass and actually enjoyed it. Miner girls there. Met a Miss [Anna] Gayhardt and talked all night. Can't talk like this to Katharine [Weston], of course. Hopes to get up to Lincoln soon. Professor Bates very happy in his new job.    Willa   [Stout #24]

To Will Owen JonesSept. 29, 1900 from PittsburghUVa 

Has accepted a temporary position with the Library. Parents may move to Lincoln. Will be there to help around the first of November and will stay through the winter. Would be interested in some work on the Journal. Has to work, or will begin to resemble Herbert Bates. Has some new prose and poetry being published in the fall.    Willa Cather   [Stout #62]

To Miss Bates,  n.d. [Aug. 1922?] , from Grand MananColumbia 

Thanks for looking up quotation. Hopes she will like My Ántonia. P.S.: People at Bread Loaf were very friendly.  Willa Cather   [Stout #612]

To [Sylvia] Beach,  n.d. [mid-Aug. 1923?] , written on Shakespeare and Co. letterhead ; Princeton 

Came by hoping they could go see M. Bient, but found that she was asleep. Went on to see him and he was asleep too!   Willa Cather   [Stout #694]

To Sylvia Beach,  n.d. [prob. Aug. 1923] Princeton 

Hopes to see her when she returns from Aix-les-Bains.   Willa Cather   [Stout #695]

To Ferris GreensletJan. 3, 1927Harvard 

Sylvia Bates wants to use about 10,000 words of My Ántonia for a textbook. Gives permission, but it is up to him regarding Houghton Mifflin policies.   Willa Cather   [Stout #869]

To Mariel GereAug. 21, [1929?], from Grand MananWCPM 

Wanted to let her know about Professor Bates. Saw him very little after he left the university. He remained boyish and yet matured, a very gentle person and quite individual.   Willa   [Stout #977]

To Carrie Miner Sherwood,  n.d. [June 1931] , from Grosvenor Hotel, New YorkWCPM 

As she can see by newspaper photos, was the only woman to receive an honorary degree. Is sending hoods. P.S.: Edith says she got double the applause of the men. Sending a check for Mr. Bates's window.  W.   [Stout #1056]

To Elsie Cather,  Sunday [December 19, 1915] , from no. 5 Bank Street, New YorkUNL-Rosowski Cather 

Was not offended, but expected Louise to follow customary practice and contact her when she was in town, as others did [Cather was in Lincoln, Nebraska, in October 1915]. Sarah Dorris kept her very busy, anyway. Regrets if Louise is angry, but she could have stopped by. Always enjoys seeing her and admires her mind tremendously, and thinks students do not treat her with proper respect. PS: Is sending Mr. Bates a wonderful Christmas gift.  W.