A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Yaltah and Hephzibah MenuhinMay 3, [1934?]Princeton 

Wishes she could have accompanied them to Marseilles; has always liked it. Isabelle wrote that Yehudi's concert in Paris was a great success. Expects to finish new book before leaving in July for Grand Manan. Hoping hand will be well enough to let her enjoy the rougher life there. Will use splint if it hurts. As Shakespeare writes, "My very chains and I grow friends..." Hopes they can read Shakespeare together again some day. Greetings to all.   Aunt Willa   [Stout #1225]

To Yaltah MenuhinOct. 23, [1935], from ParisPrinceton 

With Edith Lewis, is sailing in a few days. Glad to receive her letter from South Africa. Her visit to the cave interesting. As for herself, prefers to stay on the surface. Surprising that she found Lucy Gayheart so far from New York. Isabelle asked that they leave Paris without saying goodbye, and will do so. She is very ill. Must get home and get back to work, to keep a sense of reality. Sorry not to be in Paris for Yehudi's first European recital.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1276]

To Carrie Miner Sherwood,  n.d. [Mar. 1936?] WCPM 

Might want to listen to broadcast of Yehudi Menuhin on Sunday, March 29. Please let Irene know, too.   W.   [Stout #1304]

To Helen [Sprague?]Mar. 22, 1936WCPM 

Is writing to let her know about Menuhin broadcast on March 29, but has wanted to write for some time. Doesn't take very seriously the authorial ambitions of so many young people. What they really want is the glamour they associate with being a writer or being in the movies or some other publicized activity. It's a fad. Likes Mary Virginia's husband. What did she name the little girl?  Willa Cather  Signed by S. J. Bloom [Stout #1307]

To Mary Miner CreightonDec. 6, [1936]Newberry 

Sorry not to have written in so long. Just back from Washington, where an old friend died. Did not know about Margie's death until later. How is Irene? She never answers letters. May have said or done something that offended her. Still gets the Red Cloud newspaper. Heard Evelyn Vesty was there for Louie's funeral. He was one of those who never grow up. Maybe that's the way to be happy. Glad her father did not live to see these hard times. Had hoped to be in Red Cloud for Christmas, but will not be able to get away. Has just received a huge gardenia bush from the Menuhins for her birthday. Would like to go see the Menuhins, but can't rest when she is with them, they are too exciting and she enjoys them too much. Did enjoy the twins' visit this summer. Sorry to be so gloomy, but is feeling tired. Always so much pointless activity when something new is published.   Willie   [Stout #1335]

To Carrie Miner SherwoodJan. 20, [1937]WCPM 

Enclosing a letter from Mrs. Skinner's daughter. Please return it after Mary sees it. Menuhins coming in tomorrow. P.S.: English reviews all good.  Willie   [Stout #1353]

To Carrie Miner SherwoodOct. 20, 1937Newberry 

Sending two copies of prospectus about autograph edition. Ridiculously expensive, but wanted Carrie to see it. Enclosing letters from Roscoe and twins. They met Yehudi Menuhin and both parties liked each other. Yehudi always likes genuine people. Has started a new book.   Willie   [Stout #1375]

To Yaltah Menuhin,  Tuesday [Nov. 23, 1937] Princeton 

Will meet her at noon at the 58th Street door of her hotel for a walk in the park. If she can't go, don't worry, will go on alone.   Aunt Willa   [Stout #1381]

To Yaltah MenuhinDec. 27, [1937]Princeton 

Will stop by hotel at noon for a walk.   Aunt Willa   [Stout #1384]

To Zoë AkinsDec. 30, [1937]Huntington 

Chrysanthemums arrived looking freshly cut. Reminded her of Remembrance of Things Past, always the smell of chrysanthemums in the drawing room of Odette. Loves the orange marmalade, too. Had a delightful Christmas, with Menuhin children in town. Their presence reassures her that youth can still be wonderful.   W.   [Stout #1386]

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