#2653: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf, August 4 [1932]

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4 ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Alfred1;

I am sorry3 I got into astronomical troubles4. This I know,; that in the summer of 1893, I saw a planet, said to be Venus, go behind the moon and emerge. The neighbors in Red Cloud5 said it was ‘the transit of Venus’, and it never occurred to me to look it up; so much for having an unscientific mind. Please ask Mr. Preston6, who must be weary of my mistakes by this time, to look it up and find what did happen to a planet at that date, and please write or cable Cassell to make the change7.

I think8 fifteen thousand a splendid advance sale for a book9 of short stories. I thought the ad10 in the Times11 book section very handsome indeed; and Chamberlain's12 review13 about as stupid14 as it could well be.

The deep sea cable to this island2 has been broken for three weeks now; government boats are grappling for it, but for the present the boat captain brings all our telegrams in his pocket three times a week!

I won’t return the Times review, as you will have others copies, but I will return all other reviews sent up from the office promptly. Please thank Miss Rubin15 for sending16 the botany17 and French book.

Faithfully yours Willa Cather