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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,
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
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 kin
and personal canvas8 of Sinclair
Lewis9, b yut 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.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.RECEI[missing]