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Jaffrey [NH]Superb one-page letter on Cather's monogrammed printed stationery dated 15 October [1926] and SIGNED by Cather at the conclusion. Addressed to Dr. [Henry Goddard] Leach, editor of THE FORUM, regarding the first installment of her best-known work, DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP, which was serialized in the magazine from January through June 1927. In full: "I'm so glad you like the first instalment -- it cheers one a lot to have an editor feel really pleased. The Virgin of Guadaloupe begins the second instalment -- it's well to sound that legendary note more than once, I think. Besides, that legend will set the stage for the second number as the Prologue does for the first. I'll send you the second, by the way, when I return to New York the first week in November. Cordially yours, Willa Cather." Cather first visited the small New Hampshire resort town of Jaffrey in 1917 for a three-week vacation but stayed for two months and worked on MY ANTONIA in a snug dormer room on the third floor of the Shattuck Inn. She would return regularly to Jaffrey in the years that followed, always staying in the same room, and eventually was buried in the town. A rare example of Cather writing to an editor about the early stages of publication of her most important book. Usual creases. Near Fine
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