A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Mrs. Helen StowellAug. 28, 1889 from Red Cloud, Nebr. on father's letterhead ; WCPM 

Has been studying Greek and reading Bulwer-Lytton and Dickens. Brothers Roscoe and Douglass competed in the Firemen's State Tournament. Is serving as a reporter for the Republican, edited by Dr. McKeeby. Has been to picnics in the Garbers' grove. Local couple flirting ridiculously. Jessie, Roscoe, and Douglass singing in cantata. Is going to baseball game in Superior, Nebraska, with Mary and Hugh Miner. Is going to dance at platform in the Garbers' grove tonight.   Willa Cather   [Stout #3]

To Louise Pound,  n.d. [June 15, 1892, according to note signed by Olivia Pound] from LincolnDuke 

Is writing after midnight, having left her for the last time before summer vacation. Felt overcome by the sight of Louise in her new dress. After much thought, chose the Rubáiyát [of Omar Khayyám, in popular translation by Edward FitzGerald] as a going-away gift. Reason she was not very sociable was prospect of parting. Wanted to make the traditional gesture of goodbye but feared Louise might be revolted. Not fair that friendships between women are regarded as not natural. Letter may be even more foolish than one left unsent in March.    William   [Stout #10]

To Ferris GreensletDec. 16, [1916], from New YorkHarvard 

People she knows from Sweden and Norway have indicated possible interest there in translations of O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark. Could he take it up with publishers, perhaps enclosing a copy of Edward Garnett's article in last February's Atlantic? Is enclosing a list of the best people to write. He can get their attention by mentioning that reviewers have thought Thea Kronborg was modeled after Olive Fremstad. Please send three dozen copies of the advertising booklet for her to send to people who inquire. Finishing some short stories for Reynolds to place, but will start on the next book soon. Hopes he can come to New York to discuss the Scandinavian possibilities. Will have a phone in soon and send him the number. Might he be there next Thursday [Dec. 21] for dinner with the Hambourgs, S. S. McClure, and Harry Dwight? McClure will tell everyone about the war.   Willa S. C.   [Stout #375]

To H. L. MenckenMay 2, [1919?], from New YorkBaltimore 

May be interested to know Heinemann will publish an English edition of My Ántonia. Perhaps he has friends who could call attention to it? Glad O Pioneers! got Edward Garnett's notice.   Willa S. Cather   [Stout #457]

To Dorothy Canfield FisherFeb. 6, [1922], from New YorkUVt 

Negotiating with Mr. Davison at Bread Loaf, but he is awfully vague about details. Would she be willing to read the proofs of the new novel, to watch for anything false or misleading?   Willa   [Stout #578]

To Dorothy Canfield Fisher,  Saturday [Feb. 11, 1922?] UVt 

Thanks for the suggestion on negotiating with Mr. Davison. Will send page proofs when they come.   Willa   [Stout #579]

To Wilfred DavisonFeb. 15, [1922]Middlebury 

Summer plans still not clear, but believes she could come to Bread Loaf for part of July, for expenses plus $200 for a series of five lectures. Usually gets $200 per lecture or more.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #580]

To Wilfred DavisonJuly 2, [1922?], from New YorkMiddlebury 

Sorry to be late getting to Bread Loaf, but expects to be there by mid-month. A friend, Miss Edith Lewis, will probably come, too. Could she get space at the inn?   Willa Cather   [Stout #608]

To Wilfred Davison,  Sunday [July 9, 1922?] Middlebury 

Glad Miss Lewis can come. The cottage suite sounds good. Will arrive the 12th.   Willa Cather   [Stout #609]

To Wilfred E. DavisonFeb. 28, 1924Middlebury 

Would like to come to Bread Loaf again, but is going to Nebraska in April and will not return until fall. Enjoyed seeing the Whichers and Dorothy Canfield while in Paris.   Willa Cather   [Stout #721]