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#2619: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf and Blanche Wolf Knopf, [October 5, 1930]

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CANADIAN PACIFIC HOTELS
CHATEAU FRONTENAC
QUEBEC
Dear Blanche3 and Alfred4;

I was so glad to get your message5 at sea, and your good wishes for me were fully realized. I had a fine crossing6, and anything more lovely than the approach to this continent7 by way of the St. Lawrence8, when all the wild forests of the shores and islands are blazing with autumn color, I have never seen. I meant to go on immediately to Boston9 and Jaffrey10, but I get rather a thrill out of journeying straight from Paris11 to Quebec12, and as the weather is glorious I shall stay on here until Tuesday. My story13 comes to life as soon as I get back here and I get a good deal of pleasure out of playing with it. Books, alas, are like children,—never so much fun after they grow up and are finished as they are when they are merely things to play with and all your own. I’ve learned to get my fun before publication. I’ll write you soon from Jaffrey.

Affectionately Willa Cather