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#2517: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf, September 18 [1921]

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3 Dear Mr. Knopf1;

The cut3 I asked you to send to Omaha4 has not yet been received there. They called me up on the long distance telephone about it today.

I am to open the Fine Arts Society "season" in Omaha on the 29th of November. As such things go, it is an 'important event'; people are going up tp Omaha from all over the state5. The Programme Committee plan to run photographs of me, and advertising matter, in the Sunday papers for some weeks before the lecture. I have no photographs with me; can't you help me p out? The advertising is really too good to lose. I hate to speak, loathe doing it, and as I am really [illegible] doing it out of consideration for my publishers and not for any pleasure of mine, I think they ought to back me up.

Won't you please send cuts to the enclosed address, and send them by first class post to insure quick delivery? If you can possiby have a cut made of the Hoppe6 photograph7 you bought, won't you please do so? They will publish all the pictures they can get, and I had only one snap shot to send them. This sudden rush of love on the part of Nebraskans is undoubtedly due to the kinfd offices and personal canvas8 of Sinclair Lewis9, byut I think it will affect the sale of my next book considerably. Nebraskans are terribly afraid of being out of anything. I have had to decline to speak at eleven clubs, on my own terms, and the long distance telephone drives me to desperation!

I am so anxious to hear what you think of the last part of the novel10. I wish you would read it altogether, from the first, as in the early and middle parts I followed several suggestions of yours, which evidence of tameness I hoped would please you!

Please remember that the notes on the last two chapters are only notes, of the roughest sort. I will finish it in one spurt when I return11- - - I'll be fresh on it then.

Just now I am working hard on the "Nation"12 article13, which the enclosed letter will explain. That is, I work when the women's Clubs let me alone for a day.

Faithfully yours Willa Cather

P. SP. I want to call the second book Book II of the novel not "Old Falsehoods" as I first suggested, but simply "Enid"14.

SEP 21 1921
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