A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Mrs. George SeibelAug. 20, 1898 from Holdrege, Nebr.WCPM 

Is off on a hunting trip with Roscoe through South Dakota to Laramie, Wyoming. Having a lot of fun. Douglass has been hired as a cashier on the B&M Railroad. Was having lots of parties at home. Hates having to live away. Never reads newspapers these days.    Willa Cather   [Stout #51]

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 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 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 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 Duncan M. VinsonhalerOct. 20, 1922, from New YorkUVa 

Appreciates his writing about the book. Can't remember ever wanting so much to get a character across as this one. Will hope to see him if she is in Omaha.   Willa Cather   [Stout #631]

To H. L. MenckenFeb. 27, 1923, from New YorkNYPL 

Apparently caught the flu from the Knopfs and is in hospital. Suggests "Paul's Case" for the German translation he spoke of. [Signed for her by M. P. Spaw(?)]   [Stout #674]

To Judge Duncan M. VinsonhalerMay 23, [1923], from ParisUVa 

Will sit for a portrait in Paris if the people of Omaha want her to. Is being hounded by reporters since the Pulitzer announced. Sends greetings to the Newbranches.   Willa Cather   [Stout #686]

To Duncan M. VinsonhalerJuly 28, [1923] from Ville d'AvrayUVa 

Has decided on Leon Bakst for the portrait. He believes he can do it, though he is busy designing sets for Paris Opera. Not sure he will do a good likeness, but it will be an interesting picture. Has agreed to $1,000, the amount Vinsonhaler suggested. Please keep confidential. This has been a difficult matter.   Willa Cather   [Stout #690]