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#0948: Willa Cather to Theodore Goodman, October 13, 1928

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The Grosvenor3
New York2
Dear Prof. Goodman1:

One of my friends who did hear your radio talk tells me that she liked it very much, but that she was a good deal distressed at hearing my name mispronounced throughout. My name should be pronounced so as to exactly rhyme with “gather” and “rather”. I think the name “Kayther” about the ugliest on earth, and I do consider it a hardship that people so often attach it to me. My friend Mr. Mather’s4 name is always pronounced correctly. Nobody ever thinks of calling him Mayther.

I hope you will pardon my calling your attention to this, but next to being called dishonest, I think I would rather be called anything butthan Kayther.!

Very cordially yours, Willa Cather