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#2036: Willa Cather to Emily Schossberger, September 10, 1943

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Miss Schossberger1:

I have just returned from Maine3 and Miss Bloom4 has brought both your letters to my attention. To your first letter she made the reply which we make to all requests for serial publication. It saves me a great deal of trouble to have all such matters arranged by my publisher5.

Your second letter, of July 2nd, puzzles me. You speak of earlier contributions6 to the Prairie Schooner7. My dear Miss Schossberger, I never wrote anything for the Prairie Schooner. I am quite sure of that. In 1894 and 18958 I was one of the editors of a college publication called the Hesperian9. The editors of this little magazine were also the contributors. I remember that several of us were members of a daily theme class under Herbert Bates10. When the publication date came near we often filled up the poor Hesperian11 with our daily themes. It may be that the editors of the Prairie Schooner unearthed some of these perfunctory efforts from the old files of the defunct Hesperian and reprinted them under our names. I can account in no other way for my having appeared in the Prairie Schooner, as you say I did. I do not think I ever saw a copy of the Prairie Schooner. For ten years after 1912 I was in New York City2 very little and no periodicals were forwarded to me during that time. I do not know when the Prairie Schooner began12 and or when it ceased to be - if it ceased13 to be. But I am very positive that I never wrote anything for it.

I would consider it a courtesy and a kindness on your part if you would send me a copy of the material which you contemplate publishing under my name. Naturally, one doesn't like to have one's "daily themes" or one's undergraduate vaporings brought up against one in one's mature years.

Believe me,

Very cordially yours, Willa Cather