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#1508: Willa Cather to Frederick A. Otte, Jr., November 28, 1940

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Otte1:

How glad I am to hear from you, and to know where to address you.! Imagine your remembering December 7! It was by no wish of mine that the new book3 is to come out4 on my birthday. That was arranged by the business office, because of some technical wrinkle that which came up when they sold the Book of the Month Club rights5. Like you, I wander about a good deal, and the only address that will always reach me anywhere is in care of Alfred Knopf6. My mail there is handled very carefully and personal letters find me wherever I am.

I always remember our funny seéances, when I sat up at the teacher's desk and you sat in front of me at a pupil's desk, in about the dirtiest and bleakest schoolroom that ever was. I am glad if you got something out of it. I liked to teach and I think I might have stuck at it indefinitely, if S. S. McClure7 hadn't seen some stories of mine and yanked me out of the Allegheny High School8. Sometime when you are in New York2, just send a note or telegram to the Knopf office, and they will get it to me if I am in town. I'd really love to see you again. You would have a lot of interesting things to tell me.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you,

from Willa Cather