Skip to main content

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

More about this letter…
Plain view:

Guide to Reading Letter Transcriptions

Some of these features are only visible when "plain text" is off.

Textual Feature Appearance
passage deleted with a strikethrough mark deleted passage
passage deleted by overwritten added letters overwritten passage
passage added above the line passage with added text above
passage added on the line passage with added text inline
passage added in the margin passage with text added in margin
handwritten addition to a typewritten letter typed passage with added handwritten text
missing or unreadable text missing text noted with "[illegible]"
uncertain transcriptions word[?]
notes written by someone other than Willa Cather Note in another's hand
printed letterhead text printed text
text printed on postcards, envelopes, etc. printed text
text of date and place stamps stamped text
FG Dear Mr Greenslet1:

I am just back from three weeks in the Roosevelt Hospital and a slight operation. 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 COGITATOR3, so thoroughly as I mean to do. I have, however, with great pleasure read the section4 "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. Keats5 followed by6 Freud7 gives me a crick in the neck .! I look forward to a clearer brain for The Cogitator.

By the way, Alfred Knopf8 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.

Bramball will do