#1211: Willa Cather to Cyril Clemens, January 10, 1934

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Mr. Clemens1:

Thank you most cordially for your friendly letter. I do not know when I shall be going West again, but I scarely think that it will be before next winter. I take pleasure in sending you a volume3 which contains a poem your father4 liked, "The Palatine"5, on page 47.

I am about to ask a favor of you, though I am rather ashamed to do so. Last summer a large writing case full of papers was lost while it followed me about in northern Canada6. Among the lost papers was the article on “My Antonia”7 written by a Boston lady8 for the Mark Twain Society. When you first sent this article to me, I wrote the lady thanking her for her excellent review, but I have lost her address. If you could furnish me with a copy of the article, I would be greatly pleased. I do not ordinarily keep reviews, but that one was so well written that it might serve as a model to young reviewers. The lady seemed to know exactly where to look for soundness in a book, just as a good horseman knows where to look in picking out a mount.

Please don’t put yourself to any trouble to get this for me, but if you happen to have it on file, I would be grateful if you had it copied.

Very cordially yours, Willa Cather