A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To William V. Alexander,  at Ladies Home Journal Jan. 11, 1899UVa 

Has interviewed Nevin for the article she is doing. He told her about his writing of Narcissus. Is returning photographs.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #56]

To William V. Alexander,  at Ladies Home Journal Nov. 25, 1899UVa 

Will revise article on Ethelbert Nevin.    Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #59]

To William V. AlexanderJan. 17, 1900UVa 

Returning proofs of her article on Nevin with inserts Alexander suggested.    Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #60]

To William V. AlexanderFeb. 21, 1901 from Washington, D.C.UVa 

Ethelbert Nevin died last Sunday. Would like to have the photographs she sent that he did not use.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #66]

To William V. AlexanderFeb. 29, 1900 [actually 1901], from Washington, D.C.UVa 

Appreciates his returning the photographs.    Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #67]

To Zoë AkinsMar. 14, 1912, from PittsburghHuntington 

Both copies of Zoë's poems have arrived. Appreciates the inscription. Sorry to have been cross at times, but was worn out. Will never let herself be so worn down again. Likes "City and Country" best, also "Where Joy Passed By" and "Ask Me No More." Hates the pictures for "Alexander." The book will look better. Hopes she will like "The Bohemian Girl," a much better story though probably few will like it as well.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #218]

To Louise PoundJune 28, [1912], from Red Cloud, Nebr.UVa 

Hasn't answered her letter because traveling. Spent two adventurous months with Douglass. Probably won't get to Lincoln. Needs to return to New York as soon as possible after her brother Roscoe comes to visit. Was ill most of the winter but quite well now. She shouldn't bother reading "Alexander," but may like "The Bohemian Girl."   Willa Cather   [Stout #238]

To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantSept. 12, [1912], from 1180 Murray Hill, PittsburghPM 

Spent two weeks in New York getting the winter's work set. Promised the magazine two stories before Christmas. Wants to lengthen the Swedish story and merge it with the other to make a two-part pastoral. British edition of Alexander looks much better than the American. Has been reading Balzac and the disgusting Idiot by Dostoevsky. Thought the first two parts of Creative Evolution [ Bergson ] were splendid. Everyone seems to be celebrating "The Bohemian Girl" except a reader who thought it immoral.   W. S. C.   [Stout #242]

To Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant,  n.d. [early 1913? per E. S. S. note] , from no. 5 Bank Street, New YorkPM 

Has been getting settled in the new apartment, including floors being painted. Thanks for the Christmas present. Has been hearing a lot of music. New book twice as long as Alexander. Has taken her themes from the long grass, as Dvořák did in the New World Symphony (which was not made from Negro songs as people say). Nervous about the new story, though it is just what she has been wanting to write. Probably very few people will like it.   Willa Cather   [Stout #250]

To Mrs. George P. Cather [Aunt Franc]Feb. 23, 1913, from no. 5 Bank Street (written in above McClure's letterhead), New YorkUNL-Ray 

Thanks for the letter. Has just finished a new novel, having reduced her work for the magazine by half. Is settling into new apartment, which had to have considerable refurbishing but was worth it, spacious and quiet. Has bought four Persian rugs. The same colored maid as for the past four years is still keeping life in order. Agrees that Alexander is morally flimsy, but goodness in characters does not necessarily make strong fiction. Believes she will like the new novel better. Elsie is enjoying her teaching. Finds that one of the rewards of nearing forty years old is feeling more comfortable with older relatives, who always used to seem rather intimidating. Not so much Aunt Franc and Father as others.   Willie   [Stout #254]