A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Mrs. George WhicherOct. 16, [1925], from Shattuck Inn, Jaffrey, N.H.PM 

Niece Mary Virginia Auld is a freshman at Smith. Could Mrs. Whicher get in touch with her some time? The boys would enjoy her. Came here to work after a wonderful summer in New Mexico living like a Zane Grey character. Wishes Mrs. Whicher could have attended the birthday dinner for Robert Frost.   Willa Cather   [Stout #797]

To Ferris Greenslet,  n.d. [c. Dec. 29, 1932] Harvard 

Is horrified by the chopped-up version of Ántonia done by this Miss Hahn. Will still allow him to use first 30 pages after introduction, but with no cuts and with Miss Hahn to have nothing to do with it. Would prefer to drop it altogether. Are they trying to turn it into Zane Grey? He's never treated Ántonia well; has treated her like a cheap strumpet, tried to ruin her character. Doesn't want to be represented in a volume for children that gives them chopped-up versions of things. Even so, is still his friend and sends New Year's wishes. But not to Miss Hahn!   Willa Cather   [Stout #1144]

To Ferris GreensletMar. 2, 1938Harvard 

Is recovering from influenza. Enjoyed reading about his meeting with Stephen Tennant and mother and stepfather, Sir Edward Grey. Didn't mean Grey was stern, but his interests and Stephen's utterly dissimilar. Very pleased with O Pioneers! in autograph edition. Did he hear the recital Hephzibah and Yehudi Menuhin gave in Boston? Such a joy to know them!   Willa Cather   [Stout #1401]