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#3107: Willa Cather to Edwin W. Winter, May 19 [1923]

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Dear Mr. Winter1:

I was so sorry to leave New York3 without seeing you, but after I returned from Nebraska4 late in January I had scarcely a well day until I sailed in April. I spent a good deal of that dreary time at Lakewood5, reading proofs of “A Lost Lady”6 and trying to get rid of a persistent cough and pleurisy which ran up a temperature every afternoon. I finally sailed, against the advice of my doctor, lost my cough on the voyage over, and have been steadily improving ever since I landed. I am staying here2 with Mr.7 & Mrs. Jan Hambourg8, very old and dear friends, and we are planning a beautiful summer together.

On the 14th a shower of cablegrams from New York apprized me of the fact that I had been awarded the Pulitzer prize. I was pleased, of course, and I know that you and all my friends will be pleased. What I always want, however, is lots of health and energy for the new book that’s in the making, not prizes for the old. I am glad to see “One of Ours”9 keeping up to a good pace. The writing of it was one of the most absorbing and delightful things I’ve ever experienced it. I wonder when I shall again do a book that will grip me as that one did? Do you like “A Lost Lady”? I wrote it last summer.

We are having cold April weather just now but the country is beautiful and flowery. We are just 20 minutes out from the heart of Paris10. Our garden looks into the Park of St. Cloud11—a wonderful place to walk in all weathers. Do drop me a line here when you can and tell me that you do not hold my unfriendly aloofness of last winter against me. I hope you are well and happy and that you still count me among your friends.

Faithfully yours Willa Cather
Mr. Edwin Winter1 375 Park Avenue New York City3 U. S. A. VILLE D'AVRAY2 [illegible] 1730