#2708: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf, January 31, 1940

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B K 2/1 My dear Alfred1:

I think Mr. Crowell3 is very kind. indeed, in offering to take so much trouble. I don't think merely sending an erratum slip to the institutions who that have bought the book would be very effective, unless Mr. Crowell were willing to accompany it by a mimeograph letter, something like the form I enclose. I beg you to change or modify this letter in any way you see fit, before sending it to Mr. Crowell.

I agree with you that it is a painful necessity to be compelled to declare one's religion, but I think in this case it is necessary to have an alibi. Otherwise the librarians will merely say: "If she isn't a Catholic already, she very soon will be."

Yours as always, W. S. C.

P.S. I wish Professor Loggins4 would tell us just where he found this "false announcement". It would certainly help me in finding the source of this legend.

Request to Librarian:

The publisher writes you wishes to call your attention to a misstatement on page 2155 of Vernon Loggins' book, I HEAR AMERICA6. The publisher will be greatly obliged to you if you will paste the enclosed erratum notice below, opposite page 215 of Mr. Loggins' book.

Sincerely yours,


Willa Cather is not, and never has been, a convert to the Roman Catholic faith. She is a communicant, and an active member, of the Episcopal Church7.