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#0449: Willa Cather to Helen Hiller Seibel, February 2 [1919]

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letter to Helen Dear Mrs. Seibel1:

You have spoiled me, so that now every time I write a book I shall expect a nice letter from you. I’m particularly glad you like the last one4, which seemed another daring experiment when I embarked upon it—all in such a low key and so little action. Yet any attempt to speed it up would have quite spoiled it for me. I am surprised that so many people do like it, in spite of the fact that it omits almost every single thing that is usually supposed to be necessary in a story.

It is good news to hear that you are coming to New York2. Please telephone me when you come so that we can arrange for a visit. I enjoyed Mr. Seibel’s5 call and was glad to see your sister6. I also enjoyed the pre-historic romance7 Mr. Seibel left with me, and have been on the point of writing him about it several times.

I hope to see you soon, so no more now, except to thank you so heartily for your good letter. I’m glad you got a laugh out of Jimmy’s8 orgy of sentiment at Camille9!

Faithfully Willa Cather

I’m so glad you liked Jake and Otto10, too.