#2515: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf, September 1 [1921]

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C ABSOLUTELY FIRE PROOF
HOTEL CLARKE
RALPH BRYANT
PROPRIETOR
ROBERT SMITH
RESIDENT MANAGER
170 ROOMS - 115 WITH BATH
European Plan
HASTINGS, NEB.2
RECEIVED BY
REFERRED TO
SEP 7 1921
ANSWERED BY k 9/7
FILED BY
Dear Mr. Knopf1;

O.K. to everything in your letter. I had a long talk with Fanny Butcher3 about the title, and am again shaken—not as to the rightness of Claude, but as to the wisdom of using it. She begs and implores me not to!

Now, I will be quite satisfied with "One of Ours"4 "One of Ours," if you like it. It has merits; it is has plenty of "O"s, is euphonious and mystifying—and it is "easy to say."


Please let me hear from you as soon as you have ABSOLUTELY FIRE PROOF
HOTEL CLARKE
RALPH BRYANT PROPRIETOR ROBERT SMITH RESIDENT MANAGER
170 ROOMS - 115 WITH BATH
European Plan
HASTINGS, NEB.
read the manuscript, as I am very eager to know how it strikes you when you read it altogether—the relation of one part to another and the corresponding changes in tempo were the things I was most interested in throughout this story, and I have never regarded them at all in any book I've done hitherto. I can say without boasting that the French part of the story5 took more self control and more kinds of skill than - - well, than most things that are written now-a-days. And the tone does not break once! I do not once "show off" or write ABSOLUTELY FIRE PROOF
HOTEL CLARKE
RALPH BRYANT PROPRIETOR ROBERT SMITH RESIDENT MANAGER
170 ROOMS - 115 WITH BATH
European Plan
HASTINGS, NEB.
gaudily - - - - and there were so many places where I could have done it.

Cordially yours W. S. C.

The story is nearer 150,000 than 160,000, I think.