A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Dorothy Canfield,  Friday [Nov. 27, 1903] UVt 

Still sorry not to have seen her father. Has seen Minnie Maddern Fiske in Hedda Gabler [ Ibsen ], with Isabelle. Has been to many concerts. Can't be up past ten on a school night or won't be any good in the classroom. Many parties for Edith [McClung]. Has written about 40,000 words of a new manuscript; not ready to talk about it yet. Had a happy Thanksgiving dinner last night; Judge McClung away.    Willie   [Stout #92]

To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantApr. 5, 1910, on McClure's letterhead ; PM 

Her article only needs a little cutting. Will mark cuts and other suggested changes and send by Monday. Check for $200 in a few days. No need to postpone sailing.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #173]

To Ferris Greenslet,  Saturday [prob. July 24, 1915] , from PittsburghHarvard 

For three days has been on the verge of sailing for Bergen, then to Germany to interview German leaders. Since S. S. McClure was going, there had to be someone else, so Isabelle was going. All off when Judge McClung decided he didn't want her to take the risk. Will get back onto the page proofs. It was a more appealing project financially than the novel will be. Would have needed to be tactful in order to be accurate without being or at least seeming pro-German.   Willa Cather   [Stout #315]

To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantJuly 28, [1915], from PittsburghPM 

Was about to sail for Germany when Judge McClung decided Isabelle must not go. Will start for Durango August 6. Proofs are finished. Even the page proofs needed a lot of correction. Loves North of Boston [Frost], so bare and strong. Knowing real poetry is being written enables her to tolerate even the likes of Witter Bynner.   W. S. C.   [Stout #317]

To Ferris GreensletNov. 17, [1915], from PittsburghHarvard 

Enclosing an article for Book News. Isabelle's father has died. Has had to forgo going to Chicago with Fremstad, who seems to like the book. Glad the reviews haven't mentioned her. Hasn't heard from McClure.    W. S. C.   [Stout #335]

To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantDec. 7, [1915], from PittsburghPM 

Judge McClung died three weeks ago. Wishes she had reviewed the book. Misses Thea's company. Had feared Fremstad might be angry about the book, but she liked it exceedingly.    W.   [Stout #340]

To Mrs. George P. Cather [Aunt Franc]Dec. 25, 1915, from PittsburghUNL-Ray 

Is sending her love on this special day. Since Isabelle McClung has lost her father as well as her mother and this house (which has been almost a home to her [Cather] for fifteen years) is to be sold, it is her last Christmas there. May never feel so secure in any other house. Even her apartment in New York, pleasant as it is, is not a home in the way this was. Has been spending some time with Jack during the school vacation. New book enjoying good sales as well as favorable reviews. Is eager to get to work on a new one.   Willa    [Stout #343]

To Dorothy Canfield FisherMar. 15, [1916?]UVt 

The Song of the Lark was fun to write, but shows carelessness. Cut out several chapters set in Germany to keep it focused on the Moonstone perspective. They would have spoiled the unity. A few negative reviewers have wished it were a tragedy rather than a success story. The title is a weakness, it's true. Hasn't been up to starting a new book this winter, with Judge McClung's death, the closing of the house, and prospect of Isabelle's marriage [April 3, 1916]. Doesn't get along well with Jan Hambourg. Loss of Isabelle is a severe one. Also, Annie Fields died last winter. So much misery in the world in general, with the war. Wishes they could have a long talk.   Willa   [Stout #351]

To Ferris GreensletJune 20, [1918], from New YorkHarvard 

Is enclosing manuscript of introduction as well as all the rest. Is going to Jaffrey on the 25th for about three weeks. Will read proof there. Sending back twenty-seven corrected galleys. Please send proofs of the eight Benda drawings so she can mark where they come in the text.   W. S. C.   [Stout #420]

To Ferris GreensletFeb. 6, 1930, from New YorkHarvard 

Not fair of him to have used her praise of Laughing Boy in an ad. Has steadfastly refused to give commendations of books even by old friends, and now he has publicized what she said in private without authorization. Please send a copy of new edition of Ántonia so she can mark some corrections for the English edition. Since she will be leaving about the 20th, could he send March royalty check early?   Willa Cather   [Stout #1003]