#0377: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, January 21, 1917

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NUMBER FIVE BANK STREET3 FG Dear Mr. Greenslet1:

Two people had come to me insisting that they were unable to buy "O Pioneers!"4 before the enclosed5 reached me.

From the statement sent me in the fall, 195 copies of the book were sold between April and October, and as there were 168 copies on hand October 1st, they must have been sold since. It seems to me that when a book sells even 363 copies in nine months of its fourth year, it is distinctly to the author's disadvantage to have it out of stock at the publishing house. I feel that even when a house places its emphasis upon best-sellers and specializes in books with good selling value, that so long as it publishes the slow sellers at all, it ought to keep them in stock for the people who want them. A dozen readers like one of the people who came to me to borrow a book he could not buy, mean quite as much to me as a thousand readers of the average sort would mean.

Faithfully yours Willa Cather