#2589: Willa Cather to Alfred Knopf, August 28 [1928]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ 6 K 8/31 Dear Alfred1;

I have waited3 for the September "Mercury"4 but it has not come. I'll be in New York5 by the middle of September and will see it then. I'm very pleased that the "Archbishop"6 is still moving on.

Now about Mabel Luhan7's memoirs. They are intensely interesting and alive. She has an unusual talent for writing. I don't remember all of the Villa Curonia part8, but I'm sure none of it is dull. As much of it is brilliant (and merciless!) portraiture of living people, she would have to cut it a great deal to avoid libel suits, I should think. I don't know how much this cutting would effect the whole. You ought to read it yourself in order to feel safe abu about the question of libel.

I surely don't lament Wilson Follett's9 departure10. Prince Hamlets11 are awfully trying in business relations.

I'll be back in New York soon after Blanche's12 return.

Faithfully yours Willa Cather