• Yaddo Founder, Author, Philanthropist, Pacifist Katrina Trask Writes Publisher

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    KATRINA TRASK (May 30, 1853 – January 8, 1922) was an American author and philanthropist, born in Brooklyn, NY. She married Spencer Trask, a prominent Wall Street banker and financier on November 12, 1874.  She was an avid pacifist and wrote an antiwar play, In the Vanguard, which appeared a year before World War I, went through eight editions and was performed by women clubs and church groups.


    Trask and her husband founded Yaddo, an artists’ community in Saratogo Springs, NY, where she was an invalid.  The Trasks created an environment at Yaddo where artists of all mediums could get their creative juices flowing in an uninterrupted, tranquil environment.  Yaddo offers residences to about 200 dedicated artists each year. Many artists have visited Yaddo, including James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Clifford Stills and Katherine Anne Porter.


    4 pp, 4 ¾ x 7 ¾, ALS on Yaddo Saratogo stationary, to her publisher Harper & Brothers, regarding proofs she was sending. In small part, “I send by this mail the last of the proofs of John Leighton, Jr.  [a novel she wrote in 1898]. I hope you will [show] me the kindness to send me a second set of proofs. I mean the page proofs.  I should be very sorry not to have this...I am very much indebted for the suggestions...& the careful reading...and you will add to my indebtedness if you will surly send me a set of final proofs.  Yours truly, Katrina Trask”


    Light toning, folds. Trask’s writing is a bit difficult but the text is boldly written in black ink. 


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