A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Kate McPhelim Cleary,  [of Hubbell, Nebr.] Feb. 13, 1905 from PittsburghWCPM 

Appreciates her letter to McClure about story in January issue. Glad someone besides herself knows it is accurate, not exaggerated. A volume of stories to be out soon.  [Stout #104]

To unidentified recipient [prob. Witter Bynner first part of letter missing],  n.d. [c. Jan. 15, 1906] Harvard 

Agrees the story is rather chilly and impersonal, but it doesn't warrant amplification. Looks forward to visit so they can talk. Will try again on The Golden Bowl [James, 1904]. Didn't manage to penetrate it last year. Wonders what new Kipling story is about.    Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #109]

To Witter BynnerFeb. 24, [1906 ?]Harvard 

Has revised the story but done nothing with the novel. Appreciates his calling her book to [Henry?] James's attention; very pleased with James's letter. Would be disappointed if he and a couple of others did not think the way he says. Feels nervous at the thought of his considering her writing further.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #110]

To Mrs. Elizabeth Moorhead VermorckenMar. 7,[1906], from 1180 Murray Hill Avenue, PittsburghPM 

Read her new story along with several friends, and all enjoyed it. The central character is quite compelling. Congratulations.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #111]

To Mr. Gilder [ Century Magazine ]June 5, [1907]NYPL 

Story enclosed ["The Willing Muse," Century August 1907], with all grammatical errors found (she hopes) and corrected.    Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #128]

To Sarah Orne JewettOct. 24, [1908], from 82 Washington Place, New YorkHarvard 

Is pleased that she and Mrs. Fields liked the first part of Mrs. Ward's story; will send the outline of the rest. Mrs. Fields the only person left who evokes the dignity of the New England past. Has been enjoying Fields's poems. She and Edith Lewis liking their apartment. Get their own dinner three evenings a week and go to the Brevoort [Hotel] the other nights. Fears Jewett won't like her story in the December issue.   Willa   [Stout #140]

To Sarah Orne JewettDec. 19, [1908], from New York ; Harvard 

Has read her letter many times. These past few years has felt confused, tired, drained of energy by the job and has felt cut off from her self. Mr. McClure wants her to become another Ida Tarbell; he doesn't believe she will ever be much of a writer of fiction. Feels as much a beginner in her writing as she ever did, as if she hadn't learned at all. Doesn't even have the feeling of learning about other things, as when she was a teacher. Hectic pace is giving her a bad temperament. Glad to have her salary; needs to help out the family now and then; but could quit now and have enough in the bank to live on for three or four years. Has reread "Martha's Lady," such a beautiful story. Will hope to get up to Boston after Christmas.   Willa   [Stout #145]

To Zoë AkinsJan. 27, 1909, on McClure's letterhead ; Huntington 

Great to hear from her. Enjoyed the story about the droll Negroes—a people rich in imagination. Can't use the poems. Wonders when Zoë will settle down to serious work for theater. Her own interest in theater has waned. Best wishes in her work, whatever it is.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #151]

To James B. Pinker,  [in London] Feb. 20, 1909, on McClure's letterhead ; UVa 

Mr. Gibbon is the best paid of any of their story writers. Please state expectation when sending stories. Sorry Mr. McClure sometimes misplaces manuscripts or is slow to return them, but if sent to her personally they will get prompt attention.   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #155]

To Robert U. JohnsonAug. 30, 1910, on McClure's letterhead ; NYPL 

Would like to change the title of the story she recently revised for him, from "Nellie Deane" to "The Flower in the Grass."["The Joy of Nelly Deane," Century, October 1911]   Willa Sibert Cather   [Stout #184]

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