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#2680: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf, August 26 [1935]

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47000 X Refe My Dear Alfred1;

We3 are leaving tomorrow for Venice4, going down by motor, and I have just written Mr. Rousseau5 asking him to forward my mail there. So far I have received no letters because I had no fixed address to give the Guaranty Trust6. I expect to stay in Venice for three weeks.

Cortin2a has been a delightful refuge when all Europe7 has been sweltering in heat. The air here is the sweetest I ever breathed anywhere. This hotel has every comfort, is about a mile from the village, and sits at the edge of a larch wood through which there are beautiful walks.

I hear from the Hambourgs8 often. Isabelle9 seems to be about the same10. I expect to be in Paris11 by the first of October, and then I shall be able to give her all my time for a month.


I wonder if Blanche12 is now in this part of the world13? I might meet her in Venice by chance. I hope everything is going well with you, and that Lucy14 is behaving well15 and not adding to your perplexities.

My greetings to the office staff, and to you always my ever-increasing loyalty and affection.

Willa Cather


Please ask Miss Rubin16 to send a copy of "Lucy" to Mr. Earl Brewster17 Villa Brun Saint–Cyr–Sur–Mer18 VAR France