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#2644: Willa Cather to M. Manley Aaron, October 27, 1931

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Cather My dear Miss Aaron,1

I notice that in his very cordial3 letter Mr. Lorimer4 speaks of the story5 they have just bought for the Journal6 as "Old Miz Harris". Please call his attention to the fact that this is a very small variation from my text but it is an important one. In the first place it sounds as though the story were a Southern dialect story, which it isn't. In the second place it gives to anyone acquainted with the South a very wrong impression of the old lady's7 social status. Poor mountain people would certainly call her "Miz" but her neighbors and people of her own station would always call her "Mrs." And that is the designation of her respectable middle class position.

I hope of course, that the editors will be careful to see that there is no change in the text anywhere without my consent.

Yours sincerely, W Cather Miss Manley M.Aaron Alfred A.Knopf, Inc. 750 Fifth Avenue New York, N.Y.2 r