GEORGE HAVEN PUTNAM - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/11/1925 - HFSID 23449
Sale Price $414.00
GEORGE HAVEN PUTNAM
On G. P. Putnam's Sons letterhead, he thanks an English author for a sympathetic paper on his sister, Mary Putnam Jacobi, and offers suggestions for getting it published in the US.
Typed Letter signed: "Geo. Haven Putnam", 1 page, 8½x11. New York, New York, 1925 August 11. On letterhead of G. P. Putnam's Sons of New York and London to "Dear Mrs. Cooke", in full: "I have read with interest the sympathetic paper on my sister, Mary Putnam Jacobi, which has been sent to the publishing office during my absence in London. I can but be please that my sister's career and service in the work of higher education for women should have secured such discriminating and sympathetic consideration, presented in graceful and excellent English. I should, of course, be well pleased if your paper might be brought into print in the ATLANTIC MONTHLY or some other periodical of the dignity and influence of the ATLANTIC. hardly find it practicable to make space for so long a paper. In case the paper cannot be utilized as written, I should be glad if he would care to print as a review of the volume, which serves as a text for your article, a briefer paper from your pen. The manuscript goes forward today to my good friend Ellery Sedgwick, head of the Atlantic Publishing Company. I am writing to express my cordial appreciation for the sympathetic interest with which the article has been written. I have made the necessary correction in regard to the editorial responsibility for the Memoir. I was able to be of service to my sister Ruth, being the only one of the family old enough to have had direct knowledge of the events of the earlier years in Dr. Mary's career. Aside from that, my contribution to the book was restricted to the preparation of the introduction. I am, with cordial regards, Very truly yours, (signature) -written vertically on left side- P.S. If Mr. Sedgwick is not prepared to utilize this article, I suggest that I could send it with your permission to Dr. Smythe, editor of the International Literary Journal. I should like to have the pleasure of meeting you, and should be glad if, when you are again within reach of New York you will give me the honor of an appointment." GEORGE HAVEN PUTNAM (1844-1930), studying in Germany when the Civil War broke out, returned to fight for the Union cause. Captured at the Battle of Cedar Creek (October 1864), he spent the war's duration as a POW, writing about this experience in a 1912 book. When his father George P. Putnam died in1872, Putnam became President of what was now G. P. Putnam's Sons Publishers. He held that post for 54 years. Putnam was active in many civic causes, and lobbied successfully for stronger international copyright protection laws (1891). He had a close association with Theodore Roosevelt, having employed TR as a young man, and published several of the President's books. Putnam himself wrote several books, ranging from military history to children's stories. Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906) was a prominent physician, advocating a rigorously scientific approach to medical research; and an early suffragette and feminist. Top right corner torn. Slightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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