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#0457: Willa Cather to H. L. Mencken, May 2 [1919]

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Dear Mr. Mencken1;

Because you were kind enough to take an interest in the fate of the book, I want to tell you4 that Heinemann5 is going to put out an English Edition of "My Antonia"6. He also published "O Pioneers!"7 in London8. It was splendidly reviewed and had a very fair sale. John Murray9 published "The Song of the Lark"10, but though the Manchestedr Guradian11 pubilshed several editorials about it, and a very good signed review12 by Alice Meynell13, the war conditions cut down the sale in England14. I do not think an English edition does one much good unless there is someone over there to call attention to a book. Perhaps your Irish friend can help in that. "O Pioneers!" did get to Edward Garnett15's attention, for he gave it some very approving paragraphs16 in his general slam17 at American fiction in the Atlantic18 two years or so ago.

Faithfully yours Willa S. Cather