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#2746: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf, August 28, 1946

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ASTICOU INN
NORTHEAST HARBOR
MAINE
K 8/30 Mr. Alfred Knopf1 501 Madison Avenue New York City3 My dear Alfred,

I felt very sure that your opinion4 of the Viking Portables5 would agree with mine.

Now, very unwillingly, I must take up a bothersome little matter with you. Several weeks ago Mrs. Howard Mansfield6 of 535 Park Avenue, New York, ordered from Brentano's7 a copy of A Lost Lady8. When the book reached her here2 at the Asticou Inn9, she saw that it was a defective copy and handed it over to me. I am sending it to you under letter post. The text ends at page 156, then skips eight blank pages, begins again at 165 omitting the text for eight pages in the middle of a rather important story told by the Lost Lady herself. Of course I cannot tell how many of this particular printing of the book may be similarly defective but I do think that the entire printing10 should be destroyed and that the Plympton Press11 should be a little more careful. It is surely no credit to them to turn out work like this.

Sincerely yours, Willa Cather 1946 AUG 30 PM 2:01