#0394: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, October 18, 1917

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NUMBER FIVE BANK STREET3 FG Dear Mr. Greenslet1:

I return M. Conard's4 contract herewith and think it a good proposition5.

Surely, I'll be glad to take the reduced royalties on "O Pioneers!"6 sold to Soldiers Libraries7.

I'm so sorry I was fussy about about the date of the statement from the business office. I'll try to make your date for spring publication, but I can't tell you surely for about a month from now.

The Century8 people begin the series "Office Wives"9 in January. They want the book rights also. I don't imagine you will mind, as there is not much money in a book of short stories, and this series would not be ready for book publication until next fall. I told Doty10 I thought they could have the book all right, but I did not absolutely promise. At least, I don't think I did.

Do let me know when you come to New York2. I want very much to talk to you about the physical make-up of the next book. I want to try something a trifle new in color of the binding and jacket. I am going to ask Benda11 to dinner and talk to him about head and tail-pieces. If he doesn't get the idea, no one else would, and I'd rather go un-illustrated.

The truth is, I've tried to make my own head12 and tail-pieces13 in the text itself, and unless the artist can echo them, I'd rather not.

Faithfully yours Willa Cather