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#1003: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, February 6, 1930

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The Grosvenor3
New York2
Dear Mr. Greenslet1:

You have emptied a pretty kettle of fish upon my head! Wasn't it faithless of you (and, incidently, most illegal) to use my name4, without my permission, in your ad. for LAUGHING BOY5? Two old and intimate friends of mine published new books this fall, and their respective publishers asked me to let them use my name in exactly the way you used it. I refused in both cases, because if one begins that sort of thing there is simply no end to it. Sometimes the best possible friends write the worst possible books, and if they come to you and say, "you allowed your name to be used for this book or that book," what is one going to say in reply? The only way to keep out of embarrassing situations is to consistently, and in every case, to keep one's name out of blurbs and advertisements. It's quite right that reviewers and people who write professionally about books should be quoted, that is their job and their judgment ought to count for something, but a friendly expression of interest in a book surely ought not to be used in print without one's consent6.

B.S. 2/8/30

Now that I have got this off my chest, please have someone send me a copy of the new edition7 of ANTONIA8. Living thus in a hotel, I have none of my own books, and I want to make some corrections in ANTONIA for the English edition9. (and for you, if you will make the corrections.)


Also, since I am leaving for California10 about the 20th, would it be convenient for you to send me my royalty check sometime next week instead of March 1st? I want to get my business affairs all straightened up before I go, if possible.

Very sincerely yours, Willa Cather