A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Mr. GluckJan. 21, 1925, transcription by E. K. Brown ; Beinecke 

Glad he is using My Ántonia in his course on contemporary fiction. First book in which she discarded conventional elements of a novel. Story of a man and woman who are friends, never lovers. Story not made up of the things that usually make up novels. Like the back side of the carpet.   Willa Cather   [Stout #765]

To Mr. GluckMar. 20, 1925UVa 

Enjoyed reading his students' themes. They all seem to have problems with the terms "romantic" and "realistic." Must learn that "romantic novel" does not mean a love story, but is a two-word noun for a novel with a definite plot. Couldn't write such a novel if she tried.   Willa Cather   [Stout #776]

To Mrs. ZimbalistMay 16, [1933?]LC 

Just finished reading Marcia Davenport's book on Mozart [pub. 1932] and liked it very much. It evoked his music as she read.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1178]