November 21, 2017
(Corrected version of the podcast! While talking about international pirated versions of Poe's books, we mis-stated details about U.S. copyright in 1868. This file corrects that. If you know more about this letter be sure to email us and we'll read your letter on the pod. firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks! - Colleen).
For this episode of Historically Yours, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture, Peter Balestrieri takes us back into the publishing industry reading a handwritten letter from 1868 written on behalf of Miss Rosa Poe, sister of Edgar Allan Poe.
Thompson, John Reuben to Eugene Didier
28 January 1868
17 Lafayette Place:
New York City, 28 Jan. 1868
I am again compelled to remind you that you have returned no answer in the matter of the Juvenile Verses of Edgar Poe, which I submitted to you some time ago for “Southern Society” and to ask either that you will return me the Ms. or else authorize us to write to Miss Rosa Poe that she may draw upon you for $15 - the sum I named as compensation for them. I explained to you when I sent the Ms. that Miss Poe was in a very destitute situation, and that I had undertaken, purely as a work of charity, to find a purchaser for the verses. If you want them, write me to that effect at once, if you do not want them, send them back to me, for delay in a case of destitution is really really unreasonable.
I desire to get two copies of your paper containing my poem of “Music in Camp,” and one copy of the number which published Simms’ Sketch of [Timrod?]. If you will be good enough to send us these, and will let me know what I am to pay for them, I will send you the amount in postage stamps.
Very truly yours,
Eugene Didier Esq.
October 24, 2017
For this episode of Historically Yours, School of Library and Information Science graduate student Kathryn Heffner reads a typed letter on Arkham House letterhead with details relating to what it took to get HP Lovecraft published during World War II, both figuratively and literally.
Msc0429, Thomas Ollive Mabbott Papers
August Derleth to Thomas Ollive Mabbott
9 June 1943
Dear Mr. Mabbott:
Many thanks for your card. However, Dyalhis is dead, I understand. What with WPB paper restrictions, slowness of the fans to buy, etc., half our authors will be dead and we’ll have trouble with their estates before we can public the books we want to do. For instance, we have Whitehead’s JUMBEE AND OTHER UNCANNY TALES ready to go, but we can’t get a release for the estate, nor could we get enough paper for even so little as 1000 copies! If we were to publish it now, we could get paper enough for 900 copies, but then we couldn’t publish the 2nd Lovecraft. As it is, we’ll probably have to publish half the Lovecraft edition this autumn, and then the other half after January 1st, if we can’t get enough paper released so that we can use it. We also have coming Donald Wandrei’s THE EYE AND THE FINGER, but this, too, is likely to be held back until 1945, unless we can get the paper for this second Lovecraft, which will in any case be delayed into later September.
All best wishes to you.
Kathryn E. Heffner
The University of Iowa, BLIS Student
July 25, 2017
*Updated 7/31/2017 to fix a flaw in the audio file
For this episode of Historically Yours, Graduate Assistant Liz Riordan regales us with tales of the Wild West and a letter recounting an encounter with Calamity Jane immediately preceeding her death. (MsLT576s).
Tillett, S. to Edwin L. Sabin
22 June 1929
June 27, 2017
For this episode of Historically Yours, University Archivist David McCartney tells a poignant tale of letter writing past and present and then reads us a letter from James Thurber from his time at the New Yorker in 1935. (MsLT5361za)
May 17, 2017
Whate'er we love becomes of us a part,
The center of all tributary powers,
Our life is fed from
nature's throbbing heart
and of her best
the fibre and growth is ours.
April 29, 1902
May 2, 2017
A memorial for World War I is the concern in a letter from Warren G. Harding read by School of Library and Information Science graduate student Ben Schmidt.
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April 18, 2017
Historically Yours is brought to you by the wacky folks who wander in and out of the University of Iowa Special Collections. Your host is Colleen Theisen, today's guest is Liz Riordan.
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Letter from this episode:
Lawrence Barrett to James H. Smith Esq.
September 26, 1873.
April 4, 2017
Welcome to our new podcast.
New episodes will premiere every two weeks on Tuesday.
Episode 1 features Digital Project Librarian Laura Hampton reading a letter from April 15, 1942 from Horace Ainsley Vachell of Bath England to Mr. Corder. (MsL V1183co).
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Host: Colleen Theisen
Guest: Laura Hampton
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