A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Charles GereMar. 14, 1896 from Red Cloud, Nebr.WCPM 

Enclosing a letter to Professor Adams. Has been to see Regent Kaley, who says decision on new instructor to replace Professor Bates rests with regents and chancellor. Please speak to them about it. Is confident she can stay in the job if she gets temporary appointment. Age and sex are against her, but would take it at lower rank and less pay than a man.   Willa Cather   [Stout #23]

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 GereMarch 7, 1898 from PittsburghWCPM 

Has been to Homestead, Pennsylvania, to see Mary Esther Robbins, now engaged to a German professor of science. Was in New York in February; had lunch with Madame [Helena] Modjeska.    Willa   [Stout #48]

To Frances GereJune 23, 1898 from PittsburghWCPM 

Glad to hear Fritz Westermann has gone off to the [Spanish-American] war. Has been writing headlines about the blockade of Santiago Harbor. Sorry not to come to her commencement. Dorothy [Canfield] will be visiting in early July. Has been in Washington with her cousin Professor Gore, who was preparing for a polar expedition. His Norwegian wife, Lillian Thekla Brandthall, is glamorous and impressive. Looking forward to getting back to Nebraska.    Willa   [Stout #49]

To Irene Miner Weisz,  Tuesday [prob. Mar. 24, 1925] Newberry 

Laundry tablets arrived Saturday, and curtains have been washed and are back up. Enclosing an article by Professor [E. K.] Brown of Bowdoin College. Please share with Carrie. Some time please return the letter from Collier's sent earlier; would like to keep it.   Willie   [Stout #779]

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 Will Owen JonesMar. 22, 1927UVa , quoted in Bohlke, dated June 2, 1927.

Congratulations to the Nebraska State Journal on its sixtieth anniversary. First saw herself in print in the Journal, when her essay on Thomas Carlyle was printed at the initiative of Professor Hunt. That changed her from the study of science to literature. A flowery piece of writing, but honest about her feelings of juvenile bitterness. When she began to write for the Journal was paid a dollar a column—about what they were worth! Mr. Gere never repressed her excesses, but his facial expression often led her to be more self-critical as she worked her way through to better ways of writing.   Willa Cather   [Stout #881]

To Irene Miner WeiszApr. 23, [1927]Newberry 

Enclosing a letter about My Mortal Enemy; please pass it on to Carrie. Has had a number of letters from priests who've read Archbishop.   Willie   [Stout #885]

To Professor GoodmanOct. 9, [1928?]UNL 

Was in Boston when he was on the radio, so didn't hear. Appreciates his interest in her work.   Willa Cather   [Stout #947]

To Professor GoodmanOct. 13, 1928UNL , copy, not original

Friend who heard his radio talk liked what he had to say, but regretted he pronounced her name as if it were Kayther. Should rhyme with "gather" or "rather."   Willa Cather   [Stout #948]