#1109: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, May 2, 1932

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Dear Mr. Greenslet1:

I wish you would bring all your fair-mindedness to bear on the question of O PIONEERS3. You speak4 of the Riverside Edition as doing very well - but it certainly is not doing well for me.

You will remember that when you wrote me suggesting putting ANTONIA5 out in a cheap edition, I answered6 you from Red Cloud7 begging to sacrifice O PIONEERS to save ANTONIA. I supposed at the time that the Riverside Classics8 would be merely a special edition, like the Borzoi pocket edition9, and that it would not interfere with the sale of the regular edition of the book. In this last report I see that there are no sales of the regular edition at all. The diminishing sales of the regular edition certainly puts a very different face on the Riverside Edition to me. I do not think the royalties you allow me on this edition at all fair under the circumstances. I do not see how why you [illegible] changed the rate of my royalty on O PIONEERS, when you changed the price of the book.

I know I should have taken this up with you before, but I thought the Riverside Edition was a temporary thing which would soon subside, and that the regular edition was the permanent edition. The fact seems to be quite the reverse of this. Certainly you will agree with me that there must be a readjustment of the royalties paid to me on O PIONEERS.

Faithfully yours, Willa Cather