A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Mariel GereJuly 16, 1891 from Red Cloud, Nebr.WCPM 

Why did Mariel buy the disreputable Sappho? Kit and Mr. Myres flirting. Is feeling lonely but takes refuge in French history, George Eliot, and long horseback rides. Was at Mrs. Garber's on Sunday. Kit loaned her copy of Sappho to a church woman—how depraved! Is doing vivisection on frogs. Mariel could set up lab at newspaper office.   Willa Cather   [Stout #4]

To Mariel GereDec. 27, 1895 from Beatrice, Nebr., fragment ; WCPM 

Has been visiting Katharine and her brother. Please send trunk keys she left. Why no letters? [Breaks off.]   [Stout #20]

To Mariel, Ellen, and Frances [Gere], Allie [Althea Roberts], and Maysie [Mary Ames]Jan. 2, 1896 from "Siberia" ; WCPM 

Enjoyed visiting Katharine and her brother, who is more charming than ever. Quoted Ella Wheeler Wilcox to each other. Attended New Year's dance with Douglass—a rustic event. Could Mariel retrieve her [Cather's] copy of Daudet's Sapho from Sarah Harris? Doesn't know when she will be back in Lincoln. Here in the country might as well be dead. Is indifferent to everything, even suicide.    Willa   [Stout #21]

To Mariel GereMay 2, 1896 from Red Cloud, Nebr.WCPM 

Appreciates her help getting through scrapes during years at the university. Now another one. Keeps making a fool of herself! Keeps trying on personas (the scholarly, the bohemian)! Would consider suicide but knows her stupidities spring from liking someone too well. People always watching her, waiting for her to do something unusual. Feels superficial and useless where she is. Little brother Jack is the one consolation. Has been to a dance with Douglass and actually enjoyed it. Miner girls there. Met a Miss [Anna] Gayhardt and talked all night. Can't talk like this to Katharine [Weston], of course. Hopes to get up to Lincoln soon. Professor Bates very happy in his new job.    Willa   [Stout #24]

To Mariel GereOct. 4, 1896 from PittsburghWCPM 

Is Katharine[Weston?] still in Montana, or has she come home? Hasn't heard from her since August 1.    Willa   [Stout #31]

To Blanche Knopf,  n.d. [c. May 23, 1925] HRC 

What she is sending is late but was carefully done and seems to be good [essay "Katherine Mansfield"]. Please send proofs.   W. S. C.   [Stout #784]

To Mrs. Henri Raffy [Katherine Foote],  n.d. [pm. Mar. 10, 1937] , from 570 Park Avenue, New YorkPM 

So glad to hear from her. World seems to be going down a whirlpool. Hopes they can meet again before it drops to destruction. Remembers the past as being much happier. P.S.: Usually keeps her address secret, but is sending it to her.  Willa Cather   [Stout #1358]

To Henry Seidel CanbyMar. 2, 1938, from New YorkBeinecke 

Yes, may keep her name on the roll of PEN, but does not care to meet visiting dignitaries or go to meetings. Writers should spend their time writing instead of talking about it. Was pleased by his review of Katherine Anthony's book on Louisa May Alcott. Glad to know he is as tired of Freudian extremes as she is. Annie Fields once asked her to destroy some letters that included some from Alcott. They seemed cheerful, friendly, and practical, with no trace of trauma from having dealt with naked men as a nurse. Wishes now the letters were still in existence to refute the likes of Anthony.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1400]

To Patrick Anthony LawlorOct. 20, 1943Columbia 

Yes, he may use her essay on Katherine Mansfield. Will forward the request to Knopf, since the publisher's consent is also necessary.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1642]