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#0490: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, January 7, 1920

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F.G. Dear Mr. Greenslet1;

Capek's3 book4 on the Cechs arrived today. The idea of advertising Antonia5 so conspicuously on the back cover is a splendid one, so good that I hate to see it spoiled for many people by a stupid mistake. The Bohemian who wrote that letter is a prominent man among his people in Nebraska, as you say; he is well known all over the state; but his name is SADILEK6, and your advertising people have printed it A Sadiler! Now, I very much doubt if Sadiler could be a Bohemian name at all. Such a needless mistake distroys part of the authenticity and force of the letter. I have several perfectly needless mistakes of that sort against your publicity department.

Have you forgotten that when you were here you definitely promised me that every line of copy to advertise any of my books should be submitted to me in proof? With a stroke(sic!)of the pen I could have caught up this foolish mistake. Besides, that was an agreement.

I am looking forward to seeing you soon. There are a number of things I want to take up with you as soon as I can, not least among them is Mr. Linscott's7 remarkable letter8. You had better read it before you come, to be prepared, knowing me as you do, for my state of mind. Are there no diplomatic posts vacant?

I've just finished a really fine 15,000 word story9 that I did for a Christmas treat and to rest my hand from the long book. New York2 'studio episode', and it's turned out very well; and it's opened up a mine of untouched material, a long account in another bank,- on which I can draw pretty heavily when I want to. Attendez-moi10!

Hastily W. S. C.