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#1728: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, February 12, 1946

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FG Dear Mr Greenslet1:

I am just back from three weeks in the Roosevelt Hospital and a slight operation3. Are operations ever slight? Even when they deal kindly with their immediate objective, they seem to knock the rest of you out pretty effectively. I am ashamed to tell you that I have not read THE PRACTICAL COGITATOR4, so thoroughly as I mean to do. I have, however, with great pleasure read the section5 "How to Compose Your Life". I came upon it on merely opening the book, thought it looked interesting,- and I found it interesting. For a few weeks to come I shall need larger type and wider spacing than The Cogitator offers me. When I am going on low gear I long for a theme - and a leisurely development of it. Keats6 followed by7 Freud8 gives me a crick in the neck .! I look forward to a clearer brain for The Cogitator.

By the way, Alfred Knopf9 tells me that he has everywhere heard most flattering things about The Cogitator, and that it is a very live book on the market.

Faithfully yours, Willa Cather

P.S. Please ask your business department to send me a statement of all royalties paid to me by Houghton Mifflin since March 1945.

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