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#0056: Willa Cather to William Valentine Alexander, January 11 [1900]

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Pittsburg Leader3
My Dear Mr. Alexander1;

I mail4 the photographs back to you today, sorted as you desired. I caught Mr. Nevin5 in just the right mood yesterday and got the story of the writing of Narcissus6. I have never heard it before, and it is exceedingly interesting. I think I will give it in direct quotation and as nearly in his language as possible. I have all the material you asked for, and will mail the article7 back to you within a week after I get the proofs.

Now just two questions: Do you still want it to come within the 1500 word limit? And would it not be better to recast the whole article, now that I have a clearer idea of just what you want?

Thanking you for all the trouble you have taken in regard to the matter.

Faithfully Willa Sibert Cather.