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#0438: Willa Cather to Irene Miner Weisz, October 26 [1918]

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Dear Irene1:

This review4 will answer your question as to whether strangers get the little things in a book5 like this. Apparently, this man6 got every least little thing. A stranger, if he has an eye trained for literary values, is apt to get the whole picture more as a whole than anyone who knew the people from whom the characters were sketched, and who must be more or less preoccupied with with the question of where the characters are like the model, and where they are wholly unlike. The further you stand away from a picture of this kind, the more you get the painter's intention.

Please send this review to Carrie7 as soon as you have finished with it. I will send you a bunch of reviews after they come in. This one you need not return to me—you or Carrie may keep it. I like it because it is not so much a literary appreciation as it is an expression of honest personal enjoyment on the part of the reviewer.

I have told Isabelle8 many times about my happy day with you in Chicago3. I go on to New York9 and Bank Street10 on Tuesday, Oct 30th.

Affectionately always Willie
Have you seen these? Mrs. Charles William Wei[missing] 1 825 Lafayette Parkw[missing] Chicago, Ill3 U. S. A. TORONTO, ONT.2 OCT 26 1918 8-PM