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#2677: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf, October 11 [1934]

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W⬩S⬩C B My Dear Alfred1;

I'm awfully sorry you've been bothered about this broadcasting business3. Ten days ago I wrote to Paul White4 from whom the original telegram came, definitely declining.

I refused chiefly because I am working very enthusiastically on a new story (began it since I got here2) and I don’t want to interrupt it with any engagements this autumn or winter. Radio engagements are the most tyrannical of all! You have to keep them, sick or well. Besides, the moment I agree to give a “lecture” or write an “article,” goodbye to any narrative. My mind begins to scold the public, and to argue with it, and the story fades into thin air as if it were offended.

I have a beautiful little writing room up here5, on the top floor, looking over the woods and directly at the mountains, with only my bath between it and my bed room. I did not write at all this summer, but now I am having a run for my money.

My best love to you both6—if you’ve not heard from me it’s because I’ve been working so hard.

Yours always Willa Cather

Please ask Mr. Lesser7 if he got my letter.8