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#0542: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, April 27 [1921]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ FG Dear Mr. Greenslet1:

You and I had better stay at home3—we seem bound to get hurt at one extremity or the other. I will trade you a game ankle for a game shoulder. I'm still wearing bandages, and a metal brace in my shoe.

You will find a letter from Mr. Llona4, asking you for an extension of time, which I beg you to give him. The first part of his translation5 is here, and is so interesting that I am putting a good deal of work on it. He s may groan at some of my suggestions, as I write very funny french, but there are some places where he has clearly missed the suggestion of the English6. For the most part it seems wonderfully well done. La Nouvelle Revue7 is the most interesting of the French literary magazines; publication in it would give one the best French audience,—and is by way of a compliment as well.

Since you like "Main Street"8, I know you will be glad to hear what nice things Sinclair Lewis9 has been saying about my books10 on his lecture tour. I was ill when he lectured here11, and could not go to hear him, but he said such cordial things that newspaper men kept coming to the house all the next morning. I wrote him a polite note12 of thanks, and have just had such a nice reply. I used to tell you, you remember, that the younger fellows would speak louder for me than the old ones, someday. Lewis and Floyd Dell13 have done14 a lot of press agent work15 for me this winter. I've never met Lewis, but he must be a generous sort of fellow.

I do hope your shoulder isn't a very bad one. You and I have nothing on Elsie Sergeant16 now! You've heard about poor Cameron Mackenzie17? I suppose we ought to be thankful to get off a boat alive!

Faithfully yours W. S. C.