#2568: Willa Cather to Samuel Knopf, September 8 [1926]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Mr. Knopf1;

I’d like to oblige the Joseph Horne people3, but if I once began that kind of thing4, there’d be no end to it. One has to do that sort of thing thoroughly, as Edna Ferber5 does it, or not do it at all. In these days, NOT doing it is a kind of publicity in itself,though that’s not the reason I refrain.

Please tell them that I will be in Canada6 then, finishing my new novel7, and that as the serialization of that novel begins in December, I can’t interrupt my work so near to publication date; The Forum8 has to have the copy for the first two installments9 November 1st.

That is all true, except, possibly. Canada10, and is certainly a plausible escape. Please tell them I’d love to make an exception in their case, as I have old friends in Pittsburgh11.

Please ask your secretary to have a copyone copiey of “A Lost Lady”12 mailed to me at Jaffrey13, whither I go in a few days, and to send me a copytwo copies of the new book as soon as it’s out. But ask your mailing department to hold the ten complimentary copies that come to me in the office until my return.

My warmest welcome to Blanche14 and Alfred15.

Yours Willa Cather