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#1192: Willa Cather to Sinclair Lewis, September 2 [1933]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Sinclair Lewis1;

I am delighted to find your name in a bushel of mail just arrived to meet me here. I do want to see you. If you are going to be in Bronxville3 this winter it will be easy, for I shall be in New York4 for at least part of the winter. I have at last got my things out of storage and have crept into a very quiet little apartment at 570 Park avenue5 and nobody knows where I am. For the last four years I have been in Pasadena6 with my mother7 who was ill there, and I made only short business trips to New York. After her death I spent a winter among my old friends in Nebraska8. I have always known where you were in the world, and have many kind words to thank you for. We have always managed to hang together, though there are a good many people who would like to see us claw each other. Moreover, we bear a common reproach: the gentlemen who know how books should be written are always cursing you because you do not write like a woman, and me because I do not write like a man. I think we have a ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ great deal to talk over.

I shall be here only a few days before I got up into the Gaspeé9 country, but I expect to be in New York in November, and then if you will bring Mrs. Lewis10 to see me, we will try to find out what is happening to this country11.

Always faithfully and admiringly yours Willa Cather