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#0152: Willa Cather to Zoë Akins, [March 1910]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Miss Aikens1;

It is I who should apologize, and I do with all my heart. That was a harsh blunt-sounding letter, one of thirty or forty dictated in a hurry. Sending things back, when I like them at all, is always a hard business for me—I never get used to it. And I am afraid I am often curt when I honestly feel only regret. I am truly pleased that you like the verses from "April Twilight,"5 and I like young writers to care for my things—who would not like that? I wonder if you noticed "The Palatine"6, published in McClure's7 sometime last summer? I thought it rather better than the "April Twilight" things.

I had noticed that one of yours8 in Harpers9 and was so glad to see it there. I like the Sapphic verses10, too. Please send us some more verse when you feel inclined to do so, and I shall understand that you will not misunderstand if it does not seem to be what we need.——— Do you know Miss Guiney's11 work well? Do study "A Wayside Harp"12. There is a richness and delicacy and restraint there that ought to help all of us.

Faithfully Willa Sibert Cather
Miss Zoe Aik1[missing] 4116 Westmi[missing] St. L[missing]3 M[missing] NEW YORK2 MAR [missing] 19[missing] 7-