A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantDec. 7, [1912], from PittsburghPM 

Enjoyed her letter. Has nearly finished new story. Can't write when she is gathering material; the two processes are separate. Recommends Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. Wants to write more, but very busy with holiday season plus writing the murder in her story.   W. S. C.   [Stout #249]

To Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant,  n.d. [early 1913? per E. S. S. note] , from no. 5 Bank Street, New YorkPM 

Has been getting settled in the new apartment, including floors being painted. Thanks for the Christmas present. Has been hearing a lot of music. New book twice as long as Alexander. Has taken her themes from the long grass, as Dvořák did in the New World Symphony (which was not made from Negro songs as people say). Nervous about the new story, though it is just what she has been wanting to write. Probably very few people will like it.   Willa Cather   [Stout #250]