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Timothy Bintrim <[log in to unmask]>
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5 Bank Street: The Listserv for Willa Cather Scholars
Tue, 26 Jan 2010 16:48:48 -0500
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Becky and Kari,

Having read Kari's fascinating paper on Cather in Boston, I thought she would have the answer to Becky's query.  Let me add that Margaret Deland was from Pittsburgh (actually Allegheny City) and was the author of splendid gems of local color known as the Old Chester Stories, as well as The Iron Woman  (a woman ironmaster) among other novels.  At least two mentions of Deland are in Cather's letters, and there is a Twayne US Authors series book on Deland which describe her letters as "scattered" and claims she did not gossip about friends (darn!).  Cather stayed with Deland while WC was recovering from a surgery in Boston, so their friendship was sustained.  I would love to read more about what Becky and others learn about this web of friendships.
Best, Tim

>>> Kari A Ronning <[log in to unmask]> 1/26/2010 3:42 PM >>>

Dear Becky,

I touched on the Goldmarks in a paper I did on Cather's Boston connections
in 2008; as I said there,  "Elizabeth Sergeant says Cather met Pauline
Goldmark on the ship they both took to Europe in April 1908, and that
Cather told her of a memorable dinner with Pauline in Naples (34)."  Cather
had already met Alice G. Brandeis in Boston, and I surmise that that
relationship may have facilitated the introduction to Pauline; she also may
have met Josephine in Boston in 1907, when Josephine was doing research for
Brandeis's child-labor law case. It seems very likely that Cather met Mrs.
Brandeis through Margaret Deland, who had been a long-time neighbor and
friend of the Louis Brandeis family (and Mrs. Brandeis introduced Cather to
Annie Fields). It's a real web of connections.

There is surely more to be learned of these relationships!