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#0183: Willa Cather to Norman Foerster [July 24, 1910]

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(FOUNDED 1767)

I liked the paper5 on White6 so much. It's so limpid and clear and admirable in feeling, and not one bit sententious. I don't find a trace of your old fearfully involved and complicated sentence structure, and I dont find a trace of the baffling wooliness of most young men who think they tend toward Pater7. (As for Pater, let us admire him too much to imitate him.) I am so pleased that you have simplified and are coming out this way. I wouldn't be afraid to ask you to do a plain and simple piece of writing like the Brashear article8. I don't believe now that you'd try to work off any Swinburnian9 prose apropos of a plain man. I am so glad it's all coming out this way!

Congratulations and good wishes Willa Sibert Cather
Mr. Norman Foerster1 Holsworthy Hall Harvard College Cambridge3 Mass. WINDSOR VT.4 JUL 24 1910 3 PM