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#0393: Willa Cather to Paul Revere Reynolds, September 19 [1917]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Mr. Reynolds1:

I expect to return to New York3 October 10th for the winter, but I don't want to go down before then if I can possibly avoid it. I'm making good headway with my novel4 and don't want to break up my time. Houghton Mifflin are urging me to hurry with the book.

I shall be glad do two more stories5 of upon somewhat similar subjects for Mr. Doty6, and I shall be glad to talk them over with him when I go back to town. In the meantime, perhaps it will suffice [illegible] if I send you a very rough first draft of the first part of one of these stories. I was writing on it when I was called west to get my doctorate degree7, and have not looked at it since. By good luck it happens to be in my porte-folio.

For the third story, Mr. Doty could have his choice of several plots8 which I will outline to him when I see him.

Please explain to him that the first sketch of the story "Explosives"9 which I am sending you is careless typewritten composition, full of lapses and omissions, and not so spirited as the second writing will be. I have indicated the conclusion of the story in a note.

Sincerely yours Willa S. Cather