Doesn't like pictures like this, in the Grant Wood style, on Christmas cards, but bought them to help someone. Might think of the cowboy-looking shepherds as C.C.C. fellows [Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal initiative] and one of the angels above as President Roosevelt. W. S. C. [Stout #1346]
Doesn't really care for Christmas cards in the Grant Wood style. Maybe they are C.C.C. boys with Roosevelt trumpeting in the sky. Such bad times! Willa Cather [Stout #1347]
Thanks for Christmas greeting. Sends New Year's wishes. Does not want an edition of My Ántonia illustrated by Grant Wood. Iowa, his home, is really very different from Nebraska. Please leave Ántonia as is and give assurance that Benda illustrations will be kept. Has read one of Houghton Mifflin's recently published books and likes it, but doesn't dare name it for fear his publicity department will advertise the fact. Willa Cather [Stout #1385]
Was away in Quebec when his letter arrived. Enjoyed receiving it and remembering his mother. Glad My Ántonia reminds him of Nebraska. Many people did not like it at first, but those who did liked it very much, and it gradually gained momentum. Brought her into correspondence with Thomas Masaryk for eight years. It is rather formless but captures her feeling for the area. Willa Cather [Stout #1671]
Sending a review from the Nation that she is proud of. [Possibly referring to a review of The Song of the Lark in October 1915 or to one of Joseph Wood Krutch's strongly positive reviews in the Nation: of A Lost Lady, November 28, 1923; of The Professor's House, September 23, 1925; of My Mortal Enemy, November 10, 1926; of Death Comes for the Archbishop, October 12, 1927.] Please return it after she shows Roscoe. Willie [Stout #1785]
Please let Ántonia be. The novel surely brings Houghton Mifflin more money than most published two decades ago. Is not surprised that some don't understand that Grant Wood's style is a poor fit with the novel. Benda's illustrations work well. [part of letter omitted from transcription] Again, don't bother Ántonia.