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#0382: Willa Cather to Roger L. Scaife, March 8, 1917

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My Dear Mr. Scaife1;

As soon as I returned to New York2 at the end of November, I put aside the notes of "The Blue Mesa"4 to take up another novel5,- a Western story which will run about the same length as "O Pioneers!"6 and which has a somewhat similar background. I am now about half-way through with the first writing of this story.

Please tell me, what is the latest date on which I could turn in the manuscript for fall publication? I know that I will not have have finished it by the end of April. By the end of May, or the middle of June, it may be quite ready for the printer.

In case you give me a date so early that I feel I cannot make it, I shall probably put the long story aside and take up a set of six short stories which I have arranged to do for Reynolds7. He can get me $700 apiece for them, so of course it would be better business than completing the novel. If it is possible to get the novel ready for fall publication without rushing it too hard, however, I would rather finish it, now that I am so far along in it.

I think Mr. Greenslet8 is rather to be envied for having an enforced holiday9 in an interesting part10 of the world.

Very sincerely yours Willa Sibert Cather RLS