HELEN KELLER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/30/1942 CO-SIGNED BY: POLLY THOMSON - HFSID 154217
HELEN KELLER THANKS NANCY HAMILTON FOR DINNER WITH HER MOTHER, KATHARINE CORNELL AND BRENDA FORBES: "HOW POLLY AND I APPRECIATED THE MARY POPPINS CHARM AND HOSPITALITY...." HELEN KELLER and POLLY THOMSON. TLS: "Helen Keller" in pencil, 1p, 6¾x10½. Arcan Ridge, Westport, Conn., 1942 May 30.
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HELEN KELLER THANKS NANCY HAMILTON FOR DINNER WITH HER MOTHER, KATHARINE CORNELL AND BRENDA FORBES: "HOW POLLY AND I APPRECIATED THE MARY POPPINS CHARM AND HOSPITALITY...."
HELEN KELLER and POLLY THOMSON. TLS: "Helen Keller" in pencil, 1p, 6¾x10½. Arcan Ridge, Westport, Conn., 1942 May 30. To Miss Nancy Hamilton, New York City (with original envelope hand addressed by her companion, Polly Thomson). In full: "Tuesday evening was a delight! There was everything about it to refresh me -- your dear mothers vivacity, Katharine Cornell's smile upon us all, Brenda Forbes's winning personality, the wee open-air retreat with one gracefully slanting tree and the beginnings of vine and grass which will sweeten still more for you a cosy nook amid the turmoil and heat of New York City -- a garden small but reaching up to the stars. How Polly and I appreciated the Mary Poppins charm and hospitality with which you all prepared the delicious repast! We were especially touched because we knew the work that awaited you that night. Those two hours slipped away as quietly as dew, and yet the unique graces of mind and spirit you four women crowned into them will remain among my most treasured bouquets of memories to sniff in an unfading garden. Polly's thanks go to you in words few but packed with overflowing Scottish tenderness. I hope by now you have got over the effects of that horrid extraction. With our love and the hope that we may have you and Brenda in our nest sometime this summer, preferably in the most perfect month, June, I am, Affectionately your friend." HELEN KELLER (1880-1968), who was left deaf, blind and mute as the result of an illness at age 19 months, was first introduced to Anne Sullivan (1886-1936) in March 1887 after her parents had consulted with Alexander Graham Bell, who worked with the deaf. Sullivan, who had lost the majority of her sight at age five but had graduated from the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, began teaching the manual alphabet to the six-year-old, who learned to read, write and speak with the assistance of "Teacher". In 1914, POLLY THOMSON (1885-1960) began working for Keller as a secretary. In 1922, Thomson took over Sullivan's role as Keller's companion, accompanying Keller on her public appearances and worldwide fundraising tours for the American Foundation for the Blind. Keller, who made seven world tours between 1946 and 1957 to promote improved education for the visually and hearing impaired, also wrote 12 inspirational books, including The Story of My Life (1902) and Helen Keller's Journal (1938). Actress KATHARINE CORNELL (1893-1974) first appeared on Broadway in 1921. Her 41 appearances on Broadway in the next 39 years included starring roles in Candida (1925, 1937, 1942, 1946), The Age of Innocence (1928), The Barrets of Wimpole Street (1931, 1935, 1945), Romeo and Juliet (1934), Saint Joan (1936), Antony and Cleopatra (won 1948 Tony) and The Constant Wife (1952). She also produced 21 of the plays in which she starred. Actress BRENDA FORBES (1909-1996) appeared in 26 Broadway plays from 1931-1986 including The Barrets of Wimpole Street (1931, 1935, 1945) with Katharine Cornell. NANCY HAMILTON appeared in four Broadway plays in the 1930s and wrote the lyrics and sketches for the musicals One For the Money (1939), Two For the Show (1940) and Three to Make Ready (1946); Forbes appeared in all three musicals. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Fine condition.
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