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Your kind letter5 offering to send me one
of the early copies of LORD TWEEDSMUIR was forwarded to me at Grand Manan6.
was up there doing the home stretch on my new book7, and I simply wrote no letters at all - not
even to my old friends in England8 who were
under heavy stress. I finished the book up there, and the Knopfs9 are more pleased10 with it than anything I
have sent them since SHADOWS ON THE ROCK11.
Not only Alfred and Blanche, but all the people in the office say that they found
"exciting" - though it doesn't exactly strike me in that way.
AUBUBON'S AMERICA12 has not arrived yet, but I shall await it with
interest, and the Tweedsmuir book I shall await with something much stronger than
interest. However crazy the world may go, you and I have known some fine people in
our time, and I now
feel that knowledge a very precious
possession. The splendor of British behaviour at the present time13 is too wonderful a thing to speak of without almost
losing one's self-control. Even a rather spoiled darling of fortune like Stephen Tennant14 writes me he would now be nowhere
else on earth, and that London15 and
Wilsford16 are the only places in the
world where he can
could have a moment's peace or happiness.
When I wasn't writing at Grand Manan, I was finishing Volumes V and VI of Churchill's17 great LIFE OF MARLBOROUGH18. I should almost say that it is the greatest work produced in my time - certainly the greatest historical work.Faithfully yours, Willa Cather
P.S. The two books arrived this afternoon. Now I shall have something with which to follow up the "great" Marlborough". Thank you!