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Kelsey Squire <[log in to unmask]>
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5 Bank Street: The Listserv for Willa Cather Scholars
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 17:54:12 -0400
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Matt, Chuck, Tim, and Nancy -- thank you all so much! This is very helpful,
and I appreciate it.


On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 3:43 PM Nancy Picchi <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Dear Kelsey,
> When I read your posting asking for help finding a more readable copy of
> the Walter F. White May 1, 1926 The Spotlight column, where he states that
> Cather is “an American novelist who comes pretty close to being the best
> writer in America,” I decided to check out the newspapers.com database,
> to which I subscribe through Ancestry.com.  The newspapers.com database
> has one of the all-time worst search functions I’ve ever experienced, but
> using its advanced search that allows you to search only specific
> newspapers and the publication time delimiter, I found not only the May 1,
> 1926 article, but also one on May 15, 1926 where White bemoans the fact
> that so many writers of quality, including Willa Cather, have much lower
> books sales than they should.
> I made PDF’s of both articles and have attached them to this reply.  As
> you will see, neither article image is great, but they are both more
> readable than the one you had retrieved from ProQuest.  If you make liberal
> use of the enlarge button using a PDF reader application, you should be
> able to make out most of the words in these two articles.
> In addition, I found and attached PDFs of two additional Pittsburgh
> Courier articles where Cather is mentioned, one of which is a 1932 book
> review of “Obscure Destinies.”
> The author of The Spotlight column, Walter F. White, is quite an
> impressive and fascinating person.  You’ve probably already found this
> brief information piece on White that’s part of the Teaching Eleanor
> Roosevelt Project, but I’ll include the link below for anyone else who may
> be interested.
> Teaching Eleanor Roosevelt Project
> Walter F. White (1893 – 1955)
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www2.gwu.edu_-7Eerpapers_teachinger_glossary_white-2Dwalter.cfm&d=DwIFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=1P1U_QmwwektPDtD1M1foXXGqUzLgygf16Nt7kNKpE0&m=LCf-VMWBplTWtpbPkWpkbkVscbDIgVvkOQuZ5Xvbv6w&s=fE2doHcPYHtsqOtmbdc0HOBWqpiRhWVlSrtz-UmwQts&e= 
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www2.gwu.edu_-7Eerpapers_teachinger_glossary_white-2Dwalter.cfm&d=DwMFAw&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=1P1U_QmwwektPDtD1M1foXXGqUzLgygf16Nt7kNKpE0&m=6KGmL7R5585XSITEVT7qtki3-MYayXoroFRMuQGzuyo&s=nSbXQXFZi1ljjnhC8fZax4VfEISW93c7DtrK0J6p3X8&e=>
> According to the Wikipedia entry on Walter Francis White, he had a close
> friendship with Alfred A. Knopf.
> "Through his cultural interests and his close friendships with white
> literary power brokers Carl Van Vechten
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wiki_Carl-5FVan-5FVechten&d=DwMFAw&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=1P1U_QmwwektPDtD1M1foXXGqUzLgygf16Nt7kNKpE0&m=6KGmL7R5585XSITEVT7qtki3-MYayXoroFRMuQGzuyo&s=JfCHi0KWbHM6g_zJnOEt0qhIRK1sJFcWLIO42UJOJ2Q&e=>
>  and Alfred A. Knopf
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wiki_Alfred-5FA.-5FKnopf&d=DwMFAw&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=1P1U_QmwwektPDtD1M1foXXGqUzLgygf16Nt7kNKpE0&m=6KGmL7R5585XSITEVT7qtki3-MYayXoroFRMuQGzuyo&s=4p63GUBbSrZVuz9m-CeAj5E1M6NjmTFznMs_CGXCatQ&e=>,
> White was one of the founders of the "New Negro" cultural flowering.
> Popularly known as the Harlem Renaissance
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wiki_Harlem-5FRenaissance&d=DwMFAw&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=1P1U_QmwwektPDtD1M1foXXGqUzLgygf16Nt7kNKpE0&m=6KGmL7R5585XSITEVT7qtki3-MYayXoroFRMuQGzuyo&s=4n1n9XBFL3eCHdDb39V8-mvE2oq7-elFjaU0wNjxgag&e=>,
> the period was one of intense literary and artistic production. Harlem
> became the center of black American intellectual and artistic life. It
> attracted creative people from across the nation, as did New York City in
> general.”
> Wikipedia entry on Walter F. White:
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wiki_Walter-5FFrancis-5FWhite&d=DwIFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=1P1U_QmwwektPDtD1M1foXXGqUzLgygf16Nt7kNKpE0&m=LCf-VMWBplTWtpbPkWpkbkVscbDIgVvkOQuZ5Xvbv6w&s=vQEZ_VSnGmVOP5g8OqTkcJdL65po70lMMAIvc6Ijfg4&e= 
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wiki_Walter-5FFrancis-5FWhite&d=DwMFAw&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=1P1U_QmwwektPDtD1M1foXXGqUzLgygf16Nt7kNKpE0&m=6KGmL7R5585XSITEVT7qtki3-MYayXoroFRMuQGzuyo&s=7m-QN6eKMd-9gf0qmmT0yNR4Ben7o9yoE0DGNsp41w0&e=>
> Walter F. White’s 1924 novel  “The Fire in the Flint” was published by
> Knopf:
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.worldcat.org_title_fire-2Din-2Dthe-2Dflint_oclc_3477128&d=DwIFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=1P1U_QmwwektPDtD1M1foXXGqUzLgygf16Nt7kNKpE0&m=LCf-VMWBplTWtpbPkWpkbkVscbDIgVvkOQuZ5Xvbv6w&s=yEaYt4rPi2IF6T4CioZiYrJ4yh5AEMqfzLidbmHW7eI&e= 
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.worldcat.org_title_fire-2Din-2Dthe-2Dflint_oclc_3477128&d=DwMFAw&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=1P1U_QmwwektPDtD1M1foXXGqUzLgygf16Nt7kNKpE0&m=6KGmL7R5585XSITEVT7qtki3-MYayXoroFRMuQGzuyo&s=PibLn5UspDnp0-EvSYMvb5Q2hNoAXz5ZUHoUvjNUKb8&e=>
> I hope you’ll find the text in these PDFs readable.
> Nancy Picchi
> From: 5Bankstreet Listserv <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of
> Kelsey Squire <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: 5Bankstreet Listserv <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 3:42 PM
> To: 5Bankstreet Listserv <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: [5BANKSTREET] Pittsburgh Courier
> Hello 5 Bank Street,
> I was looking through book reviews of Willa Cather, and I found an
> interesting but brief mention of *A Lost Lady *in the *Pittsburgh Courier*;
> unfortunately, the digital copy (from ProQuest Historical Newspapers –
> Black Newspapers) is almost impossible to read. If anyone has access to a
> different digital copy, would you send it my way ([log in to unmask])?
> I think I can make do with what I have, so no need to go to great lengths,
> but I was curious if a better copy is out there. I’ll attach both the
> individual column and the full page. The mention of *A Lost Lady *is in
> the 3rd paragraph of the review from the bottom. Thanks.