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#0857: Willa Cather to Fanny Butcher, October 27 [1926]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Fanny Butcher1;

It's worth writing a book3 to have somebody get the point of it absolutely. I'm willing to bet you're the only one who does4—no other review5 that I've seen comes anywhere near getting it. Of course the thing I was writing about was just that fundamental attraction and antagonism—that the more complete and intense the pleasure of being two is, the more fiercely the individual self in one resents it, sooner or later. Not a question of pale loves at all, this; but of the fierce and brilliant ones—which are rare.

Harriet Munro6 was kind enough to send me your review. Will you please send me two more copies? I want to send them to dear friends in France7.

I've had a glorious autumn up here, and have done some mountain climbing I'm very shirty about—for I have short legs, and a good many pounds to carry up to the summit! I go back to N.Y.8 tomorrow. Please let me know if you come to town. I do hope you'll like my Archbishop9, Fanny. Begins in the Forum10 in January, but I'm ommo omitting about one-fourth for the serial. It's an altogether new kind for me, but how I loved doing it! It was as if one had always played modern composers, and at last had the time and control to practice Bach11 awhile. Modest comparison!

Thank you, dear Fanny, for taking the trouble to get the point of a story so devilish hard to tell as my "Mortal Enemy".

Yours Willa Cather