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#2623: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf and Blanche Wolf Knopf, March 17 [1931]

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Dear Blanche4 and Alfred5;

That was most remarkably good candy you sent me, and it was a great solace on the journey, for I don't like dining car desserts. I had a pleasant trip, but things here are pretty gloomy. My mother6 has failed greatly since I saw her last spring—there is very little left for her but wretched discomfort. I can be with her only a few hours a day, and the place is so full that I've not been able to get a cottage of my own yet, so I'm living a distracted sort of life.

I go up to San Francisco7 on March twentieth, and will be there8 for a week at least, hoping that during that time one of the cottages here will be vacated so that I can have a more or less orderly existence when I return. The management can't, of course, put a sick person out of his cottage to accommodate a well person.

I don't like Mr. Adler's9 design for the jacket10—do you? It seems to me to be "different" without distinction—just doesn't come off, somehow. I'd write him, but I have not his address, I find. So I wish you'd take it up with him. I think the shadow effects on the title page11 are enough—this carries it this idea too far.

Please remind the office to send all my mail to Miss Bloom12 (they have her address) and not to the Grosvenor13. I'll write you more cheerfully from San Francisco. My address there will be the Fairmont Hotel14.

Faithfully Willa Cather noted