Skip to main content

#1737: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, August 28, 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 ASTICOU INN3
NORTHEAST HARBOR2
MAINE
Mr. Ferris Greensleet 1 Houghton Mifflin & Company Park Street Boston, Massachusetts4 Dear Mr. Greenstreet:

I do not think that the Viking Publishing Company, after emphatic refusals5 by Mr. Knopf6 and myself, will try to worry enough copy out of you to make a "PORTABLE WILLA CATHER7". However, it is better to be on the safe side and I therefore want to let you know that I simply refuse to be a "Portable". I wonder that any self-respecting person is willing to be a "Portable". It seems to me rather the worst form of Anthology yet devised.

Cordially yours, Willa Cather