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#1877: Willa Cather to Miss Shepherd, 1939

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On My Antonia for anthologies COPY My dear Miss Shepherd1:

I appreciate your kind and friendly letter and am sorry that I can not grant your request. I have already refused to allow Houghton Mifflin (who originally published the book3) to include it in their "College Reader"4, and Alfred Knopf5 to include it in his Borzoi Omnibus6. I have declined an offer from Harcourt Brace, who wished to include it in their forthcoming omnibus7. So you see I have firmly resolved not to put "Antonia" into any omnibus whatsoever. I have no prejudice against omnibuses in general * * * * *

Very cordially yours,