#0496: Willa Cather to Roger L. Scaife, February 16 [1920]

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Dear Mr. Scaife1;

I sent up to Brentano's yesterday and found that they were well supplied with copies of "Antonia"4. They were out of it for a period of six or eight weeks, however, and the salesman said they had a good many calls for the book during the period when they had none. Relative to the supply in Chicago5, I enclose an extract from a letter from one of the people of the Donnelley Company to one of the people on "Popular Mechanics"6 here. For several weeks before Christmas there were no copies in Chicago or Detroit7. I suppose this could not be helped, and I am not stating it in the nature of a complaint, but merely because people whom I know in both cs cities wrote me about it.

I hope you have had good news8 from Mr. Greenslet9. I have been lying by with a fashionable cold myself, and so have not written him.

Very sincerely yours Willa Cather

The Donnellys10 have been very much interested in "Antonia." Young Mr. Donnelly sent me word that last Christmas he had given one to each of his best friends.