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#0266: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, October 11, 1913

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Elsie1:

I was in hard luck to miss sharing the little home with you. I don't know whether I shall be able to get into the country again even for a few days. I have to go to New York5 on business next week, then hurry back. I've been busy, but the result of my activities does not seem to be very thrilling. I've been thrilled by a new line of reading, however. I've been reading the directories of Amer- ican cities. New Orleans6, St. Louis7, St. Paul8, Minneapolis9. They seem to me about the best literature we have produced. They leave Walt Whitman10 away behind. Try "L" and "K" and "O" in Minneapolis sometime; they stir ones imagination11 more than all the work of the New England12 school13. Rather! When I am old and gray and full of sleep14 I shall read nothing but directories.

The wedding comes off tonight, Isabelle15's sister, Edith16. Mr. McClure17, by ill chance arrives tomorrow.

You shall see all the notices someday. Here is one18 from the "Post"19 and "Nation"20 which pleased me. The Athenaeum21 had a good one22, and Clement Shorter23 wrote a most enthusiastic one24 in his paper25.

These ought to be grand days for work—I'm wishing power of hand to you!

Yours W. S. C.
[missing]ss Elizabeth Sergeant1 Chocorua3 N.H.