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#2714: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf, September 3 [1940]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Alfred1;

These two chapters complete the manuscript3, except for the insert4 to follow page 82, which Miss Bloom5 still has, and which runs about four thousand words in length. I trust Miss Bloom will copy it this week-end, and will mail it to me at or but because of the boat schedule she will hold it until I reach New York6, September 17th or 18th. If you prefer to see the insert yourself, ask Miss Rubin7Leger8 (who has her office telephone number) to call Miss Bloom and tell her to send it to you. Her office telephone number is Cortland 7,8032.

Forty galleys of proof have arrived, and I shall begin reading them tomorrow. Today I have just finished a fourth re-writing of the first part of the Epilogue—only a few paragraphs but, since it attempts to bridge the gap and soften the shock between third person narration and first person narration, it was very difficult to write, and I am by no means satisfied with it yet.

The candy came promptly, and I was awfully glad to get it.

I hope these last chapters of the story won’t disappoint you and Blanche9 too much.

Love to you both from W. S. C.

Of course I will make corrections in the insert which Miss Bloom has just as soon as I return to New York.

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