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#0141: Transcription of Letter from Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, [October 1908]

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Dear Mr. Greenslet1;

I read the Aldrich4 coming down on that train, kept at it pretty steadily for five hours and almost finished it. It's a beautiful piece of work, Mr. Greenslet, I felt proud and pleased for both you and your lady5 when I finished it. Of course I liked the last chapter best, for that is the side of the man6 in which I am most interested. The analysis (if one can apply such a mathematical term to such a delicate bit of writing) of "Memory"7 is a joy and a delight, and just seems to get at the heart of all poetry whatsoever. I never saw the idea of a race-memory of aesthetic experience put before. If there was anything I wished for more of, it was for more straight talk from you about Mr. Aldrich himself and the manner of man he was. Perhaps I am unreasonable, but I felt that here and there you evaded the inquiring mind just a little. But it's a far-fetched complaint to make.

Give my love to your lady and tell her that the Aldrich pleases me asmuch on her account as on yours.

Faithfully Willa S-- C--
FG has a marginal note opposite the desire for more of the man himself: "For yourself FG.