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#2554: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf and Blanche Wolf Knopf, May 16 [1923]

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Dear Mr.3 & Mrs. Knopf4:

I needy[?] hardly say I was delighted to get your cable5! So many cablegrams arrived that day that Ferrucio6, the Italian man-of-all-work, thought another war had broken out. I hope the publicity will stimulate sales and will be good for you as well as for me. Those High-Brows, Heywood Brown7 & Co., will storm8 worse than every ever and say it's one step more to Mary Rinehart9.

I have a gratifying statement from Houghton Mifflin; Antonia10 sold 3,000 in the last six months and The Song of the Lark11 600.

The Oliver typewriter which Mr. Samuel Knopf12 ordered sent13 to me has not arrived, and after a gay week in Paris14 I want to get to work and need a machine. Will you please find when it was shipped? If through some mistake it was not sent at all, I may have to buy one here, though they charge twice what Olivers sell for at home. If the machine was sent and is on the way will you please cable me to that effect as soon as you get this letter?

I had a wonderful week in Paris all alone. I am much better in health and am feeling very jolly over the Pulitzer prize. Please write me who the judges15 were. I couldn't have got it if Phelps16 was still one of the judges.

With warmest greetings from the Hambourgs17 and myself

Yours Willa Cather