A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Dorothy Canfield FisherOct. 22, [1925], from Jaffrey, N.H.UVt 

Has been in New York only three days since the first of June. Enjoys being here for fall. Walks a lot. Is going back to New York in a week but expects to leave it permanently before long. Is surprised at how well The Professor's House is selling, considering how gloomy it is. Not her favorite. Wishes she could see the Frosts again, but never seems to have time. Has been wanting to work on a story but keeps getting interrupted.   Willa   [Stout #798]

To Blanche Knopf,  Saturday [Oct. 25, 1925?] , from Jaffrey, N.H.HRC 

Is giving lectures at University of Chicago November 17 through 19, so can't accept the University Club in New York. Will be back to Bank Street in a week. "Archbishop" doing well.   W. S. C.   [Stout #799]

To unnamed sister [Jessica Cather Auld?]Oct. 27, [1925?], from Jaffrey, N.H.TWU 

Coat left behind was Edith Lewis's. Please send on to New York. Bishops are going along, but historical facts cramp the writing. Was invited to lecture at Smith College this winter but declined. Would like to buy baby a coat. Enclosing review. People saying The Professor's House is her best book. Can't understand it.   W—.   [Stout #800]

To Miss LaneDec. 21, 1925UVa 

Sorry she can't send a short story, but hasn't written one since "Uncle Valentine." Prefers working in the novel form, and has now begun a new one.   Willa Cather   [Stout #813]

To Irene Miner Weisz,  Monday [Jan. 11, 1926] , from New YorkNewberry 

Has a new mink coat purchased by Professor St. Peter [of The Professor's House]. Please ask someone from Mr. Weisz's insurance company to come by and write a policy on it on Friday or Saturday at noon. Is working hard and loving her bishop.   Willa   [Stout #819]

To Paul Reynolds,  n.d. [c. Apr. 25, 1926] Columbia 

Not writing a love story, but a story of the Southwest at the time New Mexico was seized from Mexico, centering on two Catholic missionaries. Hero is Father Latour, modeled on Bishop Lamy of N.M., who became archbishop and died in Santa Fe in 1886. Lamy saw the transition of N.M. from a wild country to a civilized one. Has been working from a large collection of letters written by Lamy and his vicar to their families. Some incidents invented, some given almost exactly as they occurred. All of part I now written, though not all typed. Part II will not be as long but more solemn in tone.   Willa Cather   [Stout #826]

To Mr. Sedgwick [Ellery Sedgwick at Atlantic Monthly? ]May 28, 1926, from Gallup, N.M.Columbia 

Will leave it up to Mr. Reynolds whether to serialize the book. Off soon on a long pack trip by horse.   Willa Cather   [Stout #833]

To Blanche Knopf,  Sunday [Sept. 19, 1926?] , from Jaffrey, N.H.HRC 

Is delighted with the beautiful Chinese blouse she sent. It fits well, and everyone admires it. Is feeling very good about Archbishop. Will have copy ready for the printer in November. Please send three copies of My Mortal Enemy and two of A Lost Lady.   [Stout #844]

To Mabel Dodge LuhanSept. 26, [1926], from Jaffrey, N.H.Beinecke 

Plans for new house are wonderful; view will be splendid. May buy or build in Taos herself, but if so, much simpler, more of a hut, with a bare interior like rooms at Isleta [pueblo]. Is staying at Jaffrey until October 20. Serialization of Archbishop in the Forum begins in January.   Willa   [Stout #845]

To Blanche Knopf,  n.d. [c. Oct. 6, 1926] , from Jaffrey, N.H.HRC 

Please tell this person she can't print My Mortal Enemy in a collection of short stories. Copies have arrived. Printing is good. Rest of Archbishop manuscript will be there about October 29. Please send Virginia Woolf 's The Voyage Out.   W. S. C.   [Stout #847]