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Certainly you did a kind and friendly thing when you took the trouble to review3 my little book of essays4 yourself. They were written, those sketches, for persons like yourself, to whom the great names are still great. Some persons have taken the book as literary criticism, but I had no such thought in mind. What I wished was to recall the charm of life and manners which developed under the shelter of that old belief that "writing" had something to do with character, and that it was not merely a brutal form of journalism.
It is interesting to learn, however, that Mr. Knopf5's office has been flooded with letters from boys and girls still in college, protesting that they are "not like that", and their only quarrel with me is that I am not "fair" to Balzac6! Isn't it good to know that the youngsters still read him?Cordially yours Willa Cather