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#1460: Willa Cather to Julian Street, November 9 [1939]

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I save your address, hoping I may see you there3 sometime. I am drawing toward the end of a new book4.

My Dear Julian Street1;

I have felt for a long time that we were friends, for we both like good wines and the fine and unique civilization which produces them. I love everything about the scheme of life the French have worked out for themselves; they slur over the less important things and accent the most important. I studied cookery under a french woman6 from Pau7, who was my cook for fifteen years. I learned it more thoroughly than I ever learned anything else. The only disadvantage of proficiency in this case is, that when I want something really good, I have to go into the kitchen and make it myself. Discrimination in wines and food are the basis of all civilized friendships, so I say that we have long been friends. When Bellows8 sold at retail to deserving patrons I often asked the elder Mr. Brown9 about your health and whereabouts.

Of course I shall be delighted to autograph your books for you. Just the fact that I autograph books for personal friends only, and never for dealers, makes autographing a pleasure instead of the dreary chore it would be otherwise. People say one loses a lot by not “running with the pack.” But I feel I have gained a lot; time to enjoy the things I really care for, (even to cook when I feel like it) and to drink good wines appreciatively with a friend or two, instead of swallowing awful stuff in a roomful of shouting and log-rolling.

Very cordially yours, Willa Cather
Mr. Julian Street1 Lakeville3 Connecticut NEW YORK, N.Y. STA Y2 NOV 9 1939 2-PM