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#2679: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf, August 13 [1935]

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GRAND HOTEL MIRAMARE ET DE LA VILLE GENES
MIRAMARE GENOVA
Grand Hotel Miramare & de la Ville (S.A.T.A.)
UNITI THE SIGN OF HOSPITALITY
ROMA – GRAND HOTEL DE RUSSIE
ROMA – HOTEL MAJESTIC
ROCCA DI PAPA – GRAND HOTEL
GENOVA – GRAND HOTEL MIRAMARE
BOLOGNA – GRAND HOTEL MAJESTIC (BAGLIONI)
NAPOLI – GRAND HOTEL
CAPRI – QUISISANA GRAND HOTEL
BRINDISI – HOTEL INTERNATIONAL
My Dear Alfred1;

Here we3 are, in a city2 which for heat and noise makes New York4 seem cool and quiet. The voyage5 was pleasant, though we had gray weather all through the Mediterranean6 until Naples7. The marvellous sherry you sent me was a great addition to the attractions of the dinner 2 table, and the food was very good. The heat was intense all the way from the Azores8 on. Never take that route in summer. Every spot in Europe9 seems to be hot just now, so we are leaving here tomorrow for Cortina10, which is cool and high and is only three hours distant from Venice11, my objective12. I shall stay at Cortina until the weather in Venice becomes a bit autumnal.

I shall write Mr. Rousseau13 from Cortina and ask him to forward any letters that have accumulated for me. I never encountered such heat in Italy14 before—they insist it's a unique season, and I think it must be. I can't help getting a thrill out of the way the people are working and building day and night with such furious energy and fervor.

This note is merely to tell you where I am, and to thank you for one of the most refined and subtle wines I ever had the pleasure of tasting. I shall write you from Cortina, to which I look forward as an escape from sticky heat.

Devotedly to you and Blanche15 Willa Cather