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#0851: Willa Cather to Edward Wagenknecht, October 15 [1926]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dear Mr. Wagenknecht1;

No, "The Bohemian Girl"3 was never published in book form. It was announced4 by a publisher, but I withdrew it, as it was a rather immature piece of work and somewhat artificial

I have no copy of "The Troll Garden"5 except one which belonged to a dead friend, Sarah Orne Jewett6, with her annotations, and I've had to make a habit of refusing to lend it to anyone. The stories7 which were not later reprinted8 are quite worthless—not worth looking up. If it's evidence against me you want, [illegible] isn't "A Death in the Desert"9 poor enough? There's a certain honest feeling in it, of a very young kind, but its surely flimsy enough to bring up as a reproach to any writer.

Very sincerely yours Willa Cather

I’d be interested to see your book when it’s done. I don’t think this is a “high tide” in literature, myself. Neither in England10 or here11.