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#1479: Willa Cather to Elizabeth C. Leighton, April 2, 1940

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ FG My dear Miss Leighton1:

Will you3 write Miss Howell4 that I am not in "the East" at present, and that I have no attitude at all toward "films" any more than I have an attitude toward surgery or sculpture. Writing for the stage is simply not in my line of work. I have never written a play — I never even attempted to write one. Theatrical producers have not bothered me now for a long while. They understand that I do not feel that I have any talent for playwriting and have no desire to write plays. I have never written a novel or a story on a subject suggested by a publisher, then why in the world should I struggle with a medium in which I have never worked simply to oblige a film producer? Writing for the stage is not my business.

I feel sure, Miss Leighton, that Mr. Greenslet5 knows this is a true statement. I had not known that the picture rights of THE SONG OF THE LARK6 were still in the hands of an agency,- I thought that had blown over long ago7. Any picture version of the novel would be over my bitterest protest, and I would do anything within the possible to prevent a film version of the book.

Very cordially yours, Willa Cather