A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Will Owen JonesMar. 6, 1904 from PittsburghUVa 

Comments about "A Wagner Matinee" in his column were biting. Family is offended by the story, too. Didn't mean to disparage Nebraska. Story reflects past times and a particular mood. The Troll Garden won't be out until fall.    Willa S. Cather   [Stout #95]

To Otto LichtenbergFeb. 2, [1905]UVa 

Appreciates his writing about her story. A volume is being published.    (Miss) Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #102]

To Witter BynnerJune 7, 1905Harvard 

Writes about life in the West out of personal experience. Realizes stories are rather grim. Some details in "A Wagner Matinee" remembered from Cather ranch. Recalls how she and her brothers loved the few trees that grew along a nearby creek, the bleakness of the first Christmas, the drought during early college years, when there were suicides among their neighbors. Things are better there now.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #105]

To H. G. Dwight,  Saturday [June 23, 1906] on McClure's letterhead ; Amherst 

Sorry to have missed him. Felt ill and left early. Can they have an appointment July 2 or 3?   Willa S. Cather   [Stout #113]

To H. G. DwightJuly 3, 1906 on McClure's letterhead ; Amherst 

Will publish "The Valley of the Mills" as is if he can't revise it. Would like to see "Mortmain" again if he can sharpen its point.   S. S. McClure, per W. S. C.   [Stout #114]

To H. G. DwightJuly 20, 1906Amherst 

Watching for "The Valley of the Mills" from Mr. Reynolds. Will be glad to give "Mortmain" another reading. Regrets he is taking an ironic tone. Why read and talk at all if one can't be candid?   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #115]

To H. G. DwightOct. 9, 1906, on McClure's letterhead ; Amherst 

Liked "The Valley of the Mills" enough to buy it, but believes his work can be stronger. Would like to talk with him about some descriptive articles on the Mediterranean. Going to Pittsburgh on Friday [Oct. 12] to stay until November 1. Will be living at no. 60 South Washington Square upon return. Please drop by the office.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #116]

To H. G. Dwight,  Friday [Nov. 2, 1906 ?] , on McClure's letterhead ; Amherst 

Envies his getting away and wishes him luck. He seems to think she wants to exploit his work as Witter Bynner might, but as a fellow writer, is simply interested and will give his stories fair consideration. Hopes he brings back literary spoils.    Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #117]

To H. G. DwightNov. 21, 1906, on McClure's letterhead ; Amherst 

S. S. McClure has reread "The Valley of the Mills" and hopes to see more work from him. Please send his address so she won't have to write through Reynolds.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #118]

To Charles F. Cather,  n.d. [Dec. 17, 1906?] , on McClure's letterhead ; UVa 

Sorry not to get home for Christmas, especially when he is ill, but can't desert McClure in this difficulty. Must get the March article out [on Mary Baker Eddy]. Did not work on the January one, began with February. Hopes to be home by New Year's.   Willie   [Stout #120]

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