#0324: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, September 26 [1915]

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FG Dear Mr. Greenslet1:

For years one of my chief jobs at McClure's3 was wriggling—not always gracefully—out of rash agreements that S. S.4 had made with Curtis Brown5 and Massey6. One wriggle was to get out of serializing a book by Massey's octogenarian wife7, for which treachery he hates me right heartily. I don't believe he will do much8 for the book9. And Curtis Brown himself handles only plays, I believe, leaving the rest of the business entirely in Massey's hands; at least, this was true five years ago.

I think only young people will really like this book. I wish there were some way of advertising it in women's colleges. I think the un–sentimental sort of success, the kind won hand–over fist, particularly appeals to the college girls just now, that it happens to be the fashion. Would there be anything in advert advertising in college papers? I think the very thing that made your book–buyer reduce his order will make young people read it if they know about it. The girls all want that combative, defiant sort of career. It's in the air. If you can think of some direct way to get at Smith and Barnard and Radcliffe10 etc, I will do anything I can to help you.

Faithfully Willa Cather