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#1450: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, May 8, 1939

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Refer [illegible] Mr. Kent[?] FG Please [illegible] printing
Dear Mr. Greenslet1:

I have had three letters from people who complained that they have bought a recent edition of THE SONG OF THE LARK3 and found cuts and changes which they cannot account for. These changes, of course, were made at my request for the Autograph Edition, and were to be observed in all future printings. I have written to the three inquirers, briefly explaining. Would it not be a good thing, when you make the next printing, to insert a short note on the title page, or on the copyright page opposite the title page, saying that this is a new edition, revised by the author in 1937?

Faithfully yours, Willa Cather P.S. Dear F.G.:

I am sending you another letter which I put up entirely to you. I hate everything the Works Progress Administration4 does. You will notice, in making this request, the ignorant boob thinks I am the author of THE BEST STORIES OF SARAH ORNE JEWETT5 - would God I were! I have let the institutions for the blind people, both here and in England6, put all my books into braille. I am sure ANTONIA7 was done in braille long ago. This proposition of Mr. Fitzgerald8's is simply to make work for the unemployed, and if you think it wise to refuse Mr. Fitzgerald, I will be glad to stand up with you.

W. S. C.