A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Cyril ClemensJan. 27, 1934Virginia 

Thanks for the copy of Miss Hazen's article. No, has not become a Catholic, though admires the Church and contrary to her Episcopal bishop, believes it the source of all Christian churches. Glad to hear of the postage stamp honoring Mark Twain.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1212]

To Bishop George Allen BeecherFeb. 13, [1934?]HSNeb 

Can he come to dinner with one of his parishioners [herself] on Wednesday, the 14th? Please telegraph response, as she shuts off the phone while working.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1216]

To the Very Rev. Francis R. Lee [Dean of St. Mark's Pro-Cathedral], n.d. [Nov. 1935?] pub. Hastings [Nebr.] Daily Tribune Dec. 2, 1935, quoted in full in Bohlke

Please convey greetings to Bishop and Mrs. George Beecher on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of his consecration as bishop. Wishes she could be there on November 30. He has affected the lives of many people.   [Stout #1277]

To E. K. BrownApr. 9, 1937Beinecke 

Found his essay when she returned. Likes the way he presented his opinions of her books. Very fair, though too much emphasis on geographic surroundings. Not true the Southwest is not her own country in the way Nebraska is. On the contrary, knew it well. Please read her comments on Death Comes for the Archbishop. Believes it is quite possible to admire Latour and Vaillant equally, though they are so different.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1360]

To Sister LecroisJune 12, 1937unknown present location; previously at Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y. 

Is very pleased by her letter. Is glad when French people find an authentic note in her two priests [in Death Comes for the Archbishop]. They were modeled on real figures from history whom she studied so closely she felt she knew them. Unfortunately, her student cannot hope to publish a translation of the book into French, as that has already been done and by now has been published. Will have Miss Bloom enclose a copy of the short essay about the writing of the book done for a Catholic publication [ Commonweal ].   Willa Cather   [Stout #1366]

To Cyril ClemensJan. 28, 1938UVa 

The Mr. Lamy who has written him is a great nephew of Archbishop Lamy, on whom she based Latour in Death Comes for the Archbishop. Has never met him.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1395]

To Bishop George Allen Beecher,  Ash Wednesday, 1939 [Feb. 22]HSNeb 

Thanks for his letter at Christmas. Still remembers the time he came to her apartment for dinner on Ash Wednesday. He has meant a great deal to her family. Sorry to hear about the injury to his eye. Always wishes the best to him and Mrs. Beecher.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1437]

To Bishop George Allen Beecher, Monday [Apr. 1939?] UNL , copy, not original

Sorry she sent an unsigned check when she was ill. Glad to hear he is going to Japan. Weather in New York so damp she is confined to home.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1448]

To Bishop George Allen BeecherSept. 28, 1940HSNeb 

Appreciated his letter about dedicating the altar rail at Grace Church, a place she loves as she loves few others. Remembers the evening of her and parents' confirmation, which meant so much to them all. Glad to hear Molly Ferris was able to be there for the dedication. Hopes to visit Red Cloud this winter and talk with him about the things that have kept her away.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1493]

To Bishop George Allen BeecherFeb. 25, 1941HSNeb 

He has probably heard about her hand problem. Used it too soon and had a relapse. Please address her by first name, as friends in Red Cloud do. Had a pleasant if not merry Christmas in the hospital. Enjoyed hearing the nurses speak French. Wishes she could have been in Red Cloud for the funeral of Mollie Ferris. One consolation for hand problem is she will be able to get to Lenten services more often than usual. Will be thinking about Grace Church and her Bishop.   Willa Cather   [Stout #1530]

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