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#2631: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf, August 11 [1931]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Alfred1;

Please have a polite letter written to the French Professor from the office.

I am wondering whether you could not get the Times3 News Bureau to destroy the negative of that hideous picture which was used on the cover4 of the magazine "Time"5 lately. I don't object to it because it is as ugly as mud, but because it looks crippled and deformed. That negative had a bad history; the Times ought to be ashamed of it. Seven or eight years ago, when Adler's6 office was in the Times Building, I went to his office to sign the limited edition of something7 - - - April Twilights8, it must have been. While I was signing, a man from the Times (tipped off by Adler) came in with a camera. I looked up, very angry and crouching down to escape him, and he snapped me in the act of protest. He admitted it was a low thing to do, and promised on his honor o to destroy the negative. I afterward ,on the same morning, went into their studio and let them take some pictures, one of which was used on the Book Review9 front page10 some weeks ago. But they did not destroy the other.

I do think if somebody on the Times were courteously approached, it would be possible to get possession11 of this negative. I will promise to give them a new photograph just as soon as I return to New York12. I'd be mightly pleased if you could get possession of that negative.

Faithfully yours Willa Cather