#1120: Willa Cather to George Seibel, August 21 [1932]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Mr. Seibel1;

Thank you for sending me the text of your radio talk3. It awoke many pleasant and amusing recollections. You are still, I see, a 'kind critic'. I am so glad you like "Old Mrs. Harris"4. In that story I succeeded in doing what I set out to do, more nearly than I usually succeed. I still enjoy working on a new story as much as ever,- perhaps even more than I used to. The reason I dislike 'publicity' is that in some curious way it cramps one and destroys one's freedom. I like to feel that nobody knows and nobody cares, and that it's my own game, just as a little#boy feels when he'plays Indian'.

I am delighted to hear that you and Mrs. Seibel5 have a grandson6. I hope Erna7 lives in Pittsburgh8 now, so that you will have the fun of watching him grow. My own nieces and nephews9 take so much of my time that I never get to Pittsburgh any more,- I am always "going west." (I shall drop in on you someday, though.) My large family takes me journeying about pretty much over the whole map. If you would promise me never to publish my letters, or quote from them, I would write to you sometimes. But some of my old friends have us used my letters in such insideous ways that I've grown cautious and suspicious- - - which, you'll admit, I didn't use to be.

With warmest regards to Mrs. Seibel and yourself, and congratulations upon the grandson,

Faithfully yours Willa Cather

I met I saw a great deal of May Willard10 in San Francisco11 last summer, and she asked to be remembered to you. She remembers those days when I used to go over to the South Side to read Flaubert12 with you.

If you have ever written anything about Thomas Mann13, please send it to me. I'm awfully curious to know what you think about "The Magic Mountain"14.

W. S. C.