Entries Tagged as 'You’veGotMail'

Friday, November 30th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: A Paper Courtship

In a noticeably hurried hand, George Bernard Shaw dashed off a letter to famed actress Ellen Terry. He was sending along the last proofs of his play Mrs. Warren’s Profession for her opinion. “The post is just going,” he wrote, “and there is no further communication with this place for 48 hours.” Having had time […]

Friday, November 16th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: “My ideal of an Arctic explorer”

Removed from Houghton’s copy of Sir William Edward Parry’s Journal of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Performed in the Years 1819-20 is a clutch of letters and other papers tracing differing methods of polar exploration in the nineteenth century. First, a note from Sir George […]

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: Gruss aus Gross-New-York!

“I am having a great time down hear in the city” -Joe Last week’s Superstorm Sandy has the New York metropolitan region on the minds and in the hearts of many these days. Thus, a little trip down memory lane to times that – at least on the surface – appeared rosier. Houghton has in […]

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: “It takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose”

The process of campaigning for the position of U.S. president can be an arduous one. For Theodore Roosevelt, the 1912 presidential campaign very nearly turned deadly. TR had already served two presidential terms, from 1901-1908. Despite claiming he would never again seek that office, TR was not terribly eager to retire from public life. His […]

Friday, October 26th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: Princesses Say the Darnedest Things

In this week’s mail bag, a touch of levity and an epic scandal. A letter to American raconteur Alexander Woollcott from British author Marie Belloc Lowndes dated April 28, 1937, begins, “Dearest Alec, Here are two little news stories of those royal children.” I wish I’d come across this letter back in June during the […]

Friday, October 19th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: “A sort of crisis came in my life”

Harriet Beecher Stowe was paid $300 for 40 installments of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly by the Free Soil newspaper National Era, which began running them in June 1851. Encouraged by their success, Stowe decided to publish them as a novel, and the first edition, published by the Boston firm of John […]

Friday, October 12th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: Your Illustrious Lordship’s Most Obliged Servant, Galileo Galilei

The recipient of this 1601 Galileo letter is Giovanni Battista Strozzi, a member of a wealthy and powerful Florentine family, whose status is reflected in the flattery Galileo lavishes on a poem Strozzi has sent him. The very beautiful poem and the most pleasing letter from you, Sir, have given me double contentment, the latter […]

Friday, October 5th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: The Letters of Edmund Kean to Charlotte Cox

In a post to this blog on August 31st we highlighted a letter from Diana to Duff Cooper written on 25 November 1925 in which she describes her experiences visiting Harvard and the Harvard Theatre Collection. In that letter she wrote that “the best things that I struck were original love letters from Edmund Kean […]

Friday, September 28th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: A British Artist Worthy of the Name

Today marks the 116th anniversary of the death of Frederick Barnard. “Frederick who?” you might well ask. Though he’s not well known today, in late nineteenth-century London Fred Barnard was a highly regarded illustrator, caricaturist, and painter. He was considered one of the best “black and white artists” of his day. His pen and ink […]

Friday, September 21st, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: An Unfortunate Candidate

On September 8, 1827, the French printer-lithographer J. Cluis wrote to the members of the jury for the Exhibition of Industrial Products (“Exposition des produits de l’Industrie”) to present his invention of “autography” (“autographie”). Little is known about Cluis except that he was active as a printer-lithographer from the 1820s to the 1840s in Paris, […]