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#1886: Willa Cather to Hugh King, 1941

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CEC on movies of her books COPY Mr. Hugh King Playmarket, Inc. 8516 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood3, Calif. Dear Mr. King1:

I thank you for your cordial and friendly letter. I am sorry that I can not turn an assenting ear to your very pleasantly stated request.

I have nothing against cinema productions - often go to them myself. But to me the theater is one thing, the printed page another. I have repeatedly refused4 to have my books dramatized. A writer still has the right of choice, I think, and I prefer to have my books read by a few thousand who have an ear trained in English prose rather than be presented in any form to millions of people who do not particularly care. For the same reason I must refuse to have them filmed.

Very cordially yours,