A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Fanny ButcherDec. 2, [1920]Newberry 

What does she think of Mr. Llona? Is recently back from summer abroad and hopes to see her.   Willa Cather   [Stout #519]

To Ferris GreensletDec. 14, [1920]Harvard 

Has received several assurances that Llona is reliable. Please write and say he may do the translation for $50 advance and the rest after publication. Please ask Mr. Linscott to return the photograph she sent some time ago.   W. S. C.   [Stout #520]

To Dorothy Canfield FisherApr. 10, [1921]UVt 

Please look at some of Mr. Victor Llona's French translation and see if it is really as bad as it seems. Isabelle says hello.   Willa   [Stout #538]

To Ferris GreensletApr. 27, [1921], from TorontoHarvard 

Sorry he hurt his shoulder. Her sprained ankle still bandaged. Please give Mr. Llona additional time on the translation. Some of what he has done seems worthwhile. Sinclair Lewis and Floyd Dell have been saying nice things about her. Sorry she couldn't go hear Lewis when he was in Toronto.   W. S. C.   [Stout #542]

To Albert G. FeuilleratNov. 6, 1929Yale 

Sending her publisher's pamphlet with biographical information and a list of books with information about her and her work. Has marked the two best. Hard to answer his question about French influence. From adolescence and for many years thereafter read and liked French prose writers from Hugo to Maupassant. Read all of Balzac more than once before the age of twenty, though not much now. Doesn't believe she ever imitated any French writer, but did admire them more than their English contemporaries because of freer experimentation and greater thematic range. Tone of British writers of that period, before Hardy, sometimes mechanical or patronizing, though it doesn't really bother her. Believes French language itself more exciting to her than English when she was younger. Now prefers Prosper Merimée to the others. Likes his reserve, as well as other qualities. P.S.: Suggests he read "The Novel Démeublé."  Willa Cather   [Stout #988]

To Irene Miner Weisz,  Saturday [Oct. 29, 1932] , from Grosvenor Hotel, New YorkNewberry 

Appreciates the candy. Is sending Hugo's latest letter. He seems in a little better spirits.[With letter from Hugo Pavelka dated October 24, thanking her for referring him to Bernard McNeny for advice.]   Willie   [Stout #1129]

To Zoë Akins [Mrs. Hugo Rumbold]Nov. 21, [1932]Huntington 

Shocked to hear of Hugo's death. At least they had a little time. After one is forty-five death seems to rain down, and after fifty it becomes a storm. Should let her daily routine carry her along, and avoid alcohol for now. Would like to come to California to be with her, but has an eye infection. Also, has just signed a lease on an apartment—570 Park Avenue. Hang on, and time will restore her.   Willa   [Stout #1132]

To Zoë AkinsDec. 22, [1932], from 570 Park Avenue, New YorkHuntington 

She and Edith have had one problem after another since moving in, including broken water pipe. Visiting niece is staying in hotel. Her last letter talks about Hugo's good points and her own faults. He must have been very good for her, helping her suppress her southern vagaries and try to be accurate and honest. Glad she married him, even though it was brief.   Willa   [Stout #1142]

To Zoë AkinsDec. 31, 1932Huntington 

Beautiful potted apple tree arrived Christmas Eve and is still blooming. The wonderful Josephine is back! Still a wonderful cook. Has decided many of the details in Shadows on the Rock came from Josephine. Wishes Zoë were beginning the new year with Hugo, but remember, our personal lives aren't measured by time.   Willa   [Stout #1146]

To Zoë AkinsFeb. 19, [1933]Huntington 

Many thanks for the pictures of her home and of herself and of Hugo. Many people in town now, no chance of working. Regrets the news about Sara Teasdale. Why didn't she find anything to live for? Off to a concert with the Menuhins!   Willa   [Stout #1163]

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