Hi, Evelyn.

I happen to be looking through the letters on the archive today and just came  across one that expresses at least the idea you were after.  It’s to Ferris Greenlet, October 31, 1933 (archive #1130). 

Cather says, “I feel more strongly than ever that I want to keep out of cheap editions. I certainly would use every means within my power to keep Antonia and Shadows on the Rock from going into a cheap edition.”

I thought I would send this along in case it helps in some way.

Best wishes,

Jennifer Jenson, MA
Adjunct Instructor
English Department 
University of Central Oklahoma 
100 N. University Dr.
Edmond, OK 73034

On Apr 10, 2019, at 2:22 PM, Charles Johanningsmeier <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

The best source for Willa’s negative attitudes towards “cheap” editions is Sharon O’Brien’s recent article in *Studies in the Novel.* I’ve attached a PDF. You should be able to find what you’re looking for in there.




Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier

Isaacson Professor

Department of English

University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Omaha, NE  68182-0175

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Hi all,


I’m trying to find the Cather quote that expressed her disdain for paperback editions of her novels—the one where she talks about them as cheap summer reads.  I can’t remember where that quote is. 


Thanks in advance,





Evelyn I. Funda, Professor 

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, CHaSS

Director of the Mountain West Center 

Utah State University

0700 Old Main Hill

Logan UT 84322-0700