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#0338: Willa Cather to Henry Walcott Boynton, December 6, 1915

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dear Mr Boynton1:

It seems impertinent to thank a critic whose opinion one values; but I hope it is not amiss for me to say that your sympathetic understanding4 of what I tried to do in my last book5, and of some of the difficulties6 that made it hard for me to carry out my intentions, gives me very deep gratification and encouragement. I would also like to tell you that your review7 of “O Pioneers!”8 was a very real help to me in undertaking the longer book. In that review9 you suggested some feeling on your part that the cow-puncher’s experience of the West was not the only experience possible there, and you seemed to feel that one might give some truthful account of life in a new country without pretending to a jovial brutality which, however one much one might like to have it, cannot be successfully affected—at least, not by women.

Very sincerely yours Willa Sibert Cather