A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Ferris Greenslet,  Friday [prob. Feb. 8, 1918] Harvard 

French maid has been ill. Has been working on "Ántonia" with one hand and cooking with the other. Signed contract enclosed.   Willa Cather   [Stout #409]

To Ferris Greenslet,  n.d. [Mar. 8, 1918?] , from New YorkHarvard 

Please send proofs of all cuts for "Ántonia" that have been set.   W. S. C.   [Stout #412]

To Carrie Miner SherwoodMar. 13, 1919 [actually 1918], from New YorkWCPM 

So glad to have her letter. Theirs is a lifelong friendship. Proud to hear of her work for the Red Cross. Has had a hard winter, with fuel shortage and illnesses, and the book will be delayed. Olive Fremstad helped get her through an attack of bronchitis; she wasn't working because there were no German operas this year. Is getting along well with Isabelle's husband now, having learned to like him. Was at the Wieners' house often before Mr. Wiener's death. A gracious family, unlike many wealthy Jews. Edith sends regards. Winter was hard on her, too, but of course worst on the poor people of the city.   Willie   [Stout #414]

To Zoë AkinsMay 4, [1918?]Huntington 

Interested in her new efforts in play production. Looking forward to seeing her piece [probably "Did It Really Happen?"] in Smart Set. What is she going to do with the Spoon River poet in her anthology? [The "anthology" was a series by Akins published from Feb. 19 to Aug. 13, 1915, in Reedy's Mirror, St. Louis. The series was to have been published in book form but was not until 1994, under the title In the Shadow of Parnassus: A Critical Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, edited by Catherine Parke.] He is beneath comment. P.S.: Sending some poems not in April Twilights. Novel finished and being set in type.  W. S. C.   [Stout #415]

To Ferris GreensletJune 20, [1918], from New YorkHarvard 

Is enclosing manuscript of introduction as well as all the rest. Is going to Jaffrey on the 25th for about three weeks. Will read proof there. Sending back twenty-seven corrected galleys. Please send proofs of the eight Benda drawings so she can mark where they come in the text.   W. S. C.   [Stout #420]

To R. L. ScaifeSept. 30, [1918], from Red Cloud, Nebr.Harvard 

Yes, her copies have arrived, but book shop in Red Cloud has not received its order. Likes the appearance of the volume, though she wishes the paper were a yellower cream color.   Willa S. Cather   [Stout #434]

To R. L. ScaifeOct. 3, [1918], from Red Cloud, Nebr.Harvard 

Local book shop received only twelve copies out of an order of twenty-five and has sold out. Friends in Toronto [ Hambourgs ] report they can't get it there.   Willa S. Cather   [Stout #435]

To Ferris GreensletOct. 20, [1918], from TorontoHarvard 

Staying with the Hambourgs for ten days, then on to New York. Book still not available here.    W. S. C.   [Stout #437]

To Ferris GreensletNov. 3, [1924], from New YorkHarvard 

Has received royalty check. Please send one copy each of The Song of the Lark and My Ántonia to Dr. Frederic Sweeney at Jaffrey.   Willa Cather   [Stout #439]

To Ferris GreensletDec. 2, [1918], from New YorkHarvard 

Not interested in doing the book of short stories after all. Has begun two other new books . P.S.: Terrible about Elsie Sergeant's injury. Please send review copy of Ántonia to the New York Globe.  W. S. C.   [Stout #442]

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