Kari and Tim,
Thanks so much for your replies. Kari, that's good information about Goldmark
and Cather meeting on the ship and then in Naples. I took a look at a small
edition of William James's collected letters, and found this:
2 June 1908 (he was writing from England to Pauline). "Drink in the spirit of
your dear Italy and grow well and happy there." It would be fun to take a look
at those 65 letters of Pauline's to Wm. James that are at Harvard to see what
Pauline has to say about Italy, knowing Cather was there at the same time.
And then look at her papers at the Schlesinger Library. I don't know what's
Margaret Deland--she seems to be something of a key to Cather's time in
Boston. In my notes, I have her as a "major fiction contributor" to the
Women's Home Companion.
Tim, I think we've corresponded about Deland in the past. In fact, because of
one of your emails, I got to looking for Deland's papers and found a wonderful
source of a writing project that I'm working on--a magazine editor, Elizabeth
Garver Jordan. My notes say there are about 50 letters to or from Deland in
Jordan's papers at the NYPL.
Kari, I agree--these webs of connections of Cather and others who knew her
would surely be fruitful areas of research.