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#2099: Willa Cather to Roscoe Cather, [July to August 1931]

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Dear Roscoe1;

5The twins4 and I get jipped again .! It's too bad that a very successful book5 doesn't give one what one wants, but it seems only to give more trouble. A crisis has come up6 between my American publisher and my English publisher, so that after much correspondence and worry I have decided to change publishers in England7. It has taken so much time and fussing that it has pretty well done me out of my summer's fun, of which the twins were to be the chief part. Tell them I am more disappointed than they can be, for they have more play-time than I. But it's only a postponement. We will yet have a joyous summer on this lovely little island2. The advance sale is grand, fifty-five thousand, not counting the Book-of-the-Month club. Out of the latter I get practically nothing8; it's a cheat, but it's supposed to be fine advertising. I think it a mistake to let them have the book, I never would consent to it before, but Knopf9 wanted to try it once, and it's foolish to oppose your publisher all the time; he loses interest if he can't experiment and try new devices.

Lovingly W.
WHALE COVE GRAND MANAN NEW BRUNSWICK Mr. R. C. Cather1 1225 South Center St. Casper3 Wyoming U. S. A. N.B.2[illegible][illegible] Publiser ALRED A KNOPF Incorporated 730 Fifth Avenue, New York N. Y. BORZOI BOOKS WHALE COVE GRAND MANAN NEW BRUNSWICK