CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/26/1882 - HFSID 3526
Sale Price $396.00
CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER
He signs an autograph letter (1882) discussing criteria for including people in a book.
Autograph Letter signed: "Chas. Dudley Warner", 3 pages, 6x4. Hartford, Connecticut, 1882 October 26. To "Dear Miss Bates", in full: "Your note of Sept. 26 has been twice around the ocean and reached here on dry land yesterday. I have not included Rev. Hilliard in my scheme, but I thank you for your suggestion and will give it consideration. Our plan was to take only a few of the prominent names of those we represented from special plan or publish in our Citation. We may limit it more, but that will depend somewhat on the commercial success of the series. I have already but in Mr. George Ripley out of criticism and for [illegible phrase] and Mr. Edmund Quincy to get at the literary side of the anti-slavery movement. If in the future we should decide to take in Mr. Hilliard I will with pleasure communicate with you. Yours sincerely". American novelist and essayist Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900) edited the Hartford Courant and later Harper's magazine. He also wrote several travelogues, and edited The American Men of Letters. With Mark Twain, he co-authored The Gilded Age (1873), a biting satire about the corruption of post Civil War America. (Mark Twain was a pall bearer at his funeral.) Warner was the first President of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and at his death was President of the American Social Science Association. At the date of this letter, Warner was editor of Harper's. He was also editing American Men of Letters, to which he would contribute an essay on Washington Irving. This may be the pending publication being discussed in this letter. Fold crease, not near signature. Fine condition.
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