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#0142: Willa Cather to Guglielmo Ferrero, November 28, 1908

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Mr. McClure3 wishes to know whether you would engage to write three articles for him; two on Julius Caesar4 and one on Antony5 and Cleopatra6, giving him the privilege of engaging two more articles (upon Tiberius7, Claudias8 and Nero9) after the publication of the first article upon Julius Caesar.

While the magazine10 has published a good deal of historical material, it has all been material which pertained to American history or to very modern European history. Mr. McClure feels, therefore, that an excursion into Roman history is an experiment and that it would scarcely be wise to engage more than three articles at the outset, although he would like to have the privilege of asking you to do a fourth and fifth later if he feels justified in so doing. He is willing to pay you $300. an article. This is considerably more than the usual article rate, but he has paid as much before for work of a very high quality.

Mr. McClure hopes at some future date to be able to secure from you some articles upon the work of Lombroso11. He very much wishes that you will give him the first opportunity at any incidental magazine articles which you may hereafter Mr. Guglielmo Ferrero----No. 2 wish to publish in English.

Very sincerely yours, Willa Sibert Cather Mr. Guglielmo Ferrero Care Mr. Wm. Roscoe Thayer12, 8 Berekley St., Cambridge, Mass.13