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#1250: Transcription of Letter from Willa Cather to Alexander Woollcott, Febuary 8, 1935

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COPY EXCERPT FROM LETTER FROM MISS CATHER

"I am very sorry to seem disobliging but radio and phonograph reproductions of my books is a thing I have to fight constantly. It is disastrous in every way to a writer who has any conscience or any taste. There is no way in which to control these reproductions and the vocalization is often done by people with horrid voices and sentimental mannerisms. I cannot explain to you1 in detail how many chances a professional reader has to over-stress and over-sentimentalize a writer's work. Of course, if I could break my rule at all, I would do it for such a purpose3 as that you mention but I tell you frankly the whole idea of the reproduction of books by sound machines is very distasteful to me and the struggle to keep out of the hand of sound machine people takes a good deal of my time and energy. Sound machines are all very well for reproduction of music, but I don't want to have my books made into records - they are not written for voice reproduction."