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#0185: Willa Cather to Norman Foerster, October 1, 1910

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MCCLURE'S MAGAZINE
44-60 EAST TWENTY-THIRD STREET
NEW YORK2
EDITORIAL ROOMS My dear Norman1:-

Have you happened to think of possible subjects for articles? If people have something in mind that they want to do, they usually do that better than they do assignments. If you have any subjects in mind and wish to tell me what they are, I could at least tell you whether they would be imposible for us. We have had half a dozen answers to Dr. Burroughs3 article4 sent to us; some of them so good that I hated to send them back,. bBut of course, that controversy could be prolonged indefinitely.

I am afraid my Plainfield5 plain letter6 betrayed a rather garrulous and irritated state of mind. I did not mean to be intrusive personally. I had on my desk then eight letters from young college men who wanted to do something for the Magazine7. Three of them had tried with very poor success. I am afraid you got the whole outcome of my ruminations on why the young college man does not often settle down to work of this sort satisfactorily. Perhaps I thought you might be able to throw some light on the "why" of it, as you are so much nearer the graduate student than I am. However, I hope we shall have an opportunity to talk over thewe things some day and then perhaps you can enlighten me.

Very cordially yours, Willa Sibert Cather Mr. Norman Forester, Holsworthy Hall, Cambridge, Mass.8