Entries Tagged as 'You’veGotMail'

Friday, September 7th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: When the check isn’t in the mail

Sometime in late 1926 William Faulkner wrote to publisher and fellow poet William Stanley Braithwaite for help. The Boston-based publisher of his first book of verse, The Marble Faun, owed him $81 in unpaid royalties. For months his letters to the Four Seas Company had gone unanswered, save for confirmation that his one certified letter […]

Friday, August 31st, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: “A lot of marvellous things, and an ocean of rubbish too.”

The letters of Duff and Diana Cooper were selected and edited by her granddaughter, Artemis Cooper, and published in 1984 as A Durable Fire. She was a daughter of the Duke of Rutland and an actress; he was a Foreign Office diplomat. From 1923 through 1926 she toured America from November to March each year […]

Friday, August 24th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: A P.S. Without a Letter

Herman Melville was given this copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Mosses from an Old Manse (New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1846) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on July 18, 1850, by his “Aunt Mary,” according to his autograph inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper. Mary A. A. Hobart Melvill, the widow of Melville’s beloved Uncle […]

Friday, August 17th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: Sommartiden är här så ovanligt warmt

The mid-19th century saw a surge of immigration from Sweden to the United States. Many were farmers looking for new opportunities for land to work, and many were more well-off than typical immigrants from other European countries who were displaced by famine or poverty. Because they could afford to buy land and livestock, these Swedes […]

Friday, August 10th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: “We cannot feel sufficient confidence in our ability to make a success of your book”

Walter Hines Page is probably best known for his work as ambassador to England just before and during World War I, where he was instrumental in encouraging his long-time friend Woodrow Wilson to join the war effort. But before Page was a diplomat, he was a journalist and publisher, serving as editor of the Forum, […]

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: “The brightest star in the heavens”

Among the letters collected in three morocco-bound autograph albums by Massachusetts senator, abolitionist, and bibliophile Charles Sumner is one from Lorenzo Da Ponte, best remembered as Mozart’s librettist for Le Mariage de Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte, to England’s future “Prince of Librarians,” Antonio Panizzi. The letter was written on behalf of a […]

Friday, July 27th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: Business as usual in the 2nd Century

Here is a letter, written on papyrus, from Apion, a man of property, to his son of the same name and also to Horion, either a close friend of the family or an unspecified relation. Apion’s concerns are those of any businessman: balancing debits and credits, keeping up with his civic duties, minding his real […]

Friday, July 20th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: Equal to any figure ever painted by Audubon

When Edward Lear received a letter from the British ornithologist William Swainson in November 1831, he must have opened it with great trepidation. The nineteen-year-old artist had recently sent Swainson a portfolio of hand-colored lithographs of parrots and was eagerly waiting to hear his reaction. What a thrill — and a relief — he must have felt […]

Friday, July 6th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: The enclosed Declaration of Independence

Exactly 236 years ago today, President of the Continental Congress John Hancock sent one of the just-printed copies of the Declaration of Independence to General Artemas Ward, commander of the Continental Army troops in Boston. Hancock’s letter came to Houghton as part of John Hubbard Collection of signers of the Declaration of Independence, previously mentioned […]

Friday, June 29th, 2012

You’ve Got Mail: The Hofers from Yale

Philip Hofer (1898-1984), founding Curator of the Department of Printing & Graphic Arts in Houghton Library, was in Oxford in June 1962 to deliver his six Lyell lectures on “The Artist and the Book in France.” He and Mrs. Hofer used this occasion to visit a number of friends and colleagues in England. On Sunday […]