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#2630: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf, August 8 [1931]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Alfred1;

Please hold my copies of the limited3 edition4 at the office for me until I am in town again.

I am glad to leave the matter of advertising5 entirely to your discretion. I agree with you that it might be very effective to use a facsimile of the Atlantic6 review7 in the Times Book Section8, but I am not so sure that it would be a good thing to use it on the wrapper of the next printing. I don't want to seem to be clinging to it! How would it do to use that rather striking poster-drawing of a black Rock you once showed me on the front of the new jacket9, with some extracts from the Atlantic review, and perhaps from Governor Cross'10 forthcoming review11, on the back of the jacket? This is merely a suggestion.

I am not much fussed about the New York12 reviews13. You were abroad when the Archbishop14 came out; I seem to remember that all the reviews were positively spiteful, except15 Rebecca West's16 in the17 Tribune18. I have never yet had a favorable review in the Times, though I have had most enthusiastic personal letters from Rollo Ogden19.

The weather for the last week has been glorious, cool and snappy like autumn, and I have been taking long walks along the only absolutely unpeopled and rugged and wild sea coast left in the world. I can go out of my front door2 and walk twelve miles along the cliffs without coming to a house or fence, - it is the wild stretch where the islanders pasture their cows. But there are so few cows that I haven't met one yet, merely hear their bells now and then. I do hope you and Blanche20 have found a cool spot in the mountains and can stay there for awhile.

Faithfully Willa Cather