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I have not found a single instance of her speaking of the event at the time. Twenty years later, in letters to Bishop Beecher, yes. It is this absence of any expression of religious renewal in any letters to any of her closest friends that leads me to regard her joining the church in 1922 as an event more connected to social status than to inward conviction. ” 11. Rosowski reports that Cather was deeply involved in work on A Lost Lady in the summer of 1922 when she lectured at Bread Loaf. Having made two distinct starts on the novel, one in third-person point of view refracted through Niel Herbert as observer and one in ﬁrst person, she was carefully considering the technical choice of narrative technique (Historical Essay 191).
She made a tentative commitment to speak to Tarbell’s club on the ﬁrst Sunday in February—that is, 4 February 1923. There is no record of her having given such a talk, however, and her correspondence indicates that she was absent from New York from 2 through 9 February 1923. With respect to clubs as well, then, Cather seems to have both invited and fended off attention. The fourth of the six letters relating to arrangements for com- 35 Willa Cather and Her Public ing to Bread Loaf is dated 18 February, three days after the letter to Davison (Calendar no.
New York Times Book Review 10 Oct. 1920: 23. ” Publishers Weekly 21 Dec. 1918: 1963–65. Ballou, Ellen B. The Building of the House: Houghton Mifﬂin’s Formative Years. Boston: Houghton, 1970. Butcher, Fanny. Many Lives—One Love. New York: Harper, 1972. Cather, Willa. Letters to Ferris Greenslet and Roger L. Scaife. Houghton Library, Harvard U. ———. ” New Republic 12 Apr. : 5–6. Reprinted in Not Under Forty. New York: Knopf, 1936. 43–51. ———. ” The Borzoi 1920. Ed. Alfred Knopf. New York: Knopf, 1920.