lot of unrelated items from three 19th century women who helped
advance the equality of women in journalism, poetry and the theater. These women became iconic in their
contributions and we’re offering all three in this four-piece lot.
FLORENCE CONVERSE (1871-1967) was an
American author, born in New Orleans. She graduated from Wellesley College in
1893 and was a member of the editorial staff of the Churchman until 1908 when
she joined the staff of the Atlantic Monthly. Her books include Diana Victrix,
Long Will, A Romance, The House of Prayer and The Children of Light.
One page, 8 1/4" x 5 1/4", autograph letter signed, no date, but possibly circa 1925. Slightly rough edges indicating the paper was removed from a book, affecting nothing. Otherwise excellent condition. Letter is to Mrs. Fred Wilson of Nahant, Massachusetts. Converse writes: "I am sorry not to be able to see my way clear to accept the very kind invitation to act as patroness at the author's Reading for the Association of American University Women on Wednesday evening, March eighteenth. I appreciate very much the courtesy of the Association. Sincerely yours, Florence Converse."
The American Association of University Women is a national organization that promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive social change. The AAUW offers scholarships, action for gender equity, and support for personal and professional growth, community leadership, and friendship.
Since its first meeting in 1881, AAUW has been a catalyst for change. Today, with more than 100,000 members, 1,300 branches, and 500 college and university partners, AAUW contributes to a more promising future and provides a powerful voice for women and girls, a voice that cannot and will not be ignored.
NORA PERRY (1841-96), American
poet, journalist, author of juvenile stories and Boston correspondent of the
Chicago Tribune, was born in Dudley, MA.
Poem and one-page, 8" x 5" autograph letter signed, Melrose Heights, MA, Feb. 26, 1880. She writes to Hezekiah Butterworth, popular author and assistant editor of "Youth's Companion," a children's magazine. Referring to Whittier, she writes: "Dear Mr. Butterworth --Mr. Whittier says this poem is beautiful & he suggests the simple name Famine. Would you like it for the Companion. It seems to me suitable. Let me know very soon please...Very truly yours, Nora Perry."
The poem that comes with the letter is two stanzas and is unsigned, on 3 3/4" x 5" sheet. It reads: "There are two ways to live on earth, Two ways to judge, to act, to view; For all things here have double birth; 'A right and wrong' a false and true. Oh! Happy they who happy make -- Who blessing still themselves are blessed, Who something spare for other's sake, And strive in all things for the best."
Both items have standard folds and rough edge at the left margins, affecting nothing. Else very good condition.
SOPHIE TUCKER (January 13, 1887 – February 9, 1966) was a Ukrainian-born American singer, comedian, actress, and radio personality. Known for her stentorian delivery of comical and risqué songs, she was one of the most popular entertainers in America during the first half of the 20th century and was widely known by the nickname “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas.”
Offering her autograph with the sentiment “Best wishes” on paper tipped to a postcard. Overall excellent condition.
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