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#1111: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, May 31, 1932

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ FG My dear Mr. Greenslet1:

I have studied the contents of your letter3 carefully. Of course you know better than I whether you can afford to pay a higher royalty on the Riverside edition. Alfred Knopf4 pays me ten cents a copy on the little Borzoi pocket edition of YOUTH AND THE BRIGHT MEDUSA5.

I have no doubt that the cheap edition of O PIONEERS!6 has increased the number of its readers. But I think now the time has come to stop issuing the book in a cheap edition. The rather unusual success of DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP7 and SHADOWS ON THE ROCK8 will, I think, do quite as much for the future of O PIONEERS! as a cheap edition would do. The people who are enthusiastic about those two books will go back and hunt up the earlier books. I think we will agree that this is true, so please be my good friend9 and cut off the Riverside edition of O PIONEERS.! Of course you will want to sell the copies you have in stock, but please do not print any more and please restore the original $2.50 edition. I am sure there will be a steady, if not a large, demand for it.

I am going North10 in a few days now but letters will be forwarded.

Faithfully yours, Willa Cather

I have not yet had time to read "Conquistador"11, but I'm taking it away with me. Thank you for sending it.

W. S. C.