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#0951: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, November 11 [1928]

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F.G. Canadian Pacific Hotels CHATEAU FRONTENAC3
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Dear Mr. Greenslet1;

Your letter4 has just reached me and I've considered it carefully. I am very strongly against the Book League's proposition. "Antonia"5 does very well from year to year in her present form, and I'd rather not put a cheap edition on the market. Knopf6 tried it7 with "The Professor's House"8 and I thought the results bad. It does, as you say, enlarge the audience a little, but I don't think it pays in the end. I hope you will agree with me and will meet the proposition with a polite refusal.

Incidentally, the Book League wanted me to be one of their selecting committee, and I refused. I don't believe all these Book-of-the-Month ways of selling books are going to last very long, do you?

Anyhow, as long as I go on writing new books9 that have a good sale Antonia will remain a live book that people buy because they want it. When I'm "written out," or dead, then you can have recourse to cheap editions. That's the way I feel about it.

I'll be back at the Hotel Grosvenor10, 35 Fifth Ave. New York11, in three or four days.

Faithfully yours Willa Cather