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#1182: Willa Cather to S. S. McClure, May 26 [1933]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Mr. McClure1;

I have been hoping that I would see you again before the summer scattering, but now that the hot weather has come suddenly I am leaving town2 to stay with friends in the country. 2 Later I go to Canada3. When I come back in the fall we must have another evening together and talk over our old friends, and about those days when we worked so happily together. I was always eager to please you, and you were eager to be pleased. I still think that was the secret of your success with young people. You often thought them a little more able than they really were, but those who had any stuff in them at all tried to be as good as you thought them, to come up to your expectations. You had such a spirit of youth yourself that you knew how to strike a spark in young writers. We must talk over those years of comradeship when we meet again.

Until then, good luck to your book4! And please wish me good luck with mine5—just now it seems to me rather stupid.

Affectionately Always, Willa Cather