#1228: Willa Cather to Carrie Miner Sherwood, July 3 [1934]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dear Carrie1;

Mrs. Lambrecht's3 birthday is sometime in July, I don’t know the day, but will you please stop at Mrs Burden's4 and select a lot of nice canned fruits that might tempt an old lady’s appetite? I know their garden failed, but they don’t like canned vegetables, except of their own canning.! Perhaps she would relish some good coffee more than most things. Your judgement would be better than mine.

The heat here2 is ghastly, but I have satayyed on to finish LUCY GAYHEART5, the new book that my hurt hand stopped work on for three good winter months. It is done, but the book publication will be delayed, as the story will be serialized6 in The Woman’s Home Companion7, beginning April 1935. They offerred me a good price for the serial rights, and in these hard times one must not refuse money from honorable people. The book will come out8 when the serial ends, September 1st, 1935.

You won’t get the most favorable impression of the story if you read it in serial form, but I suppose I can’t expect my old friends to be patient and wait for the book. Anyhow, you must read it over again in book form, for the first part does not mean very much until you get to the last part; it’s built that way.

I was so sorry to read of Mrs Platt's9 death, because I know she will be missed by many of my friends. I watch the ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ weather reports and keep hoping to see “Rain in the West” in the papers. I think every day of you and yours and love you all with all my heart.

I hope to get off for Canada10 about July 15th. Then my address will be Whale Cove, Grand Manan11, New Brunswick, Canada.

Devotedly always Willie