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#0203: Willa Cather to Harrison G. Dwight, September 6, 1911

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Dear Mr. Dwight1:

I wish we could use some of these verses, because I like them all,. personally, bBut I think they are just a little too intellectual for the Magazine3; that is, they would require on the part of the reader too cultivated a taste. I never set about figuring out just what kind of verse we could use in McClure's, but I find that the kind we do use successfully is a sort of "reportorial" verse; most of it either makes a little picture or tells a little story, and most of it is emotional rather than intellectual - that is, it is the expression of common feelings rather than uncommon perceptions.

You will be in town2 before long now, will you not? Do let me know when you come. I am beginning to pull hard at the tether, and am more and more eager to get away.

Faithfully, Willa Sibert Cather Mr. H. G. Dwight, Montpelier4, Vt. Enc.