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Joseph Hergesheimer Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0163

Scope and Contents

The letter in this collection, dated January 23, 1930, was written to Pierre Bosman in Johannesburg, South Africa, and includes the original envelope postmarked January 27, 1930. Writing from The Dower House in Westchester, Pennsylvania, Hergesheimer says "... The Party Dress has been cut down in the Cosmopolitan. That changes the proportions. It has, as well, been a little cooled off ... It will be published April 4 this year and I'll send you a copy. The Limestone Tree is almost another year off as a book." The Party Dress was published in 1930, and The Limestone Tree was published in 1931.

Dates

  • 1930

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

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Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Born February 15, 1880 in Philadelphia, Joseph Hergesheimer was the son of Joseph and Helen MacKellar Hergesheimer. He grew up in a stable, middle-class, suburban family. His father, a cartographer, worked for the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. After studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Hergesheimer traveled to Europe on money inherited from his grandfather, studying and painting in Florence and Venice. By 1907, when he returned to the United States and married Dorothy Hemphill, Hergesheimer had focused his artistic endeavors on fiction writing. In 1913, Forum magazine published his sketch "The City of Pleasure"; then in 1914 his first novel, The Lay Anthony, was published. It was not until the release of his third novel, The Three Black Pennys (1917), that Hergesheimer finally attained public and financial success. His work has been praised for lush description and psychological insight.

A prolific writer during the 1920s, Hergesheimer began writing only magazine fiction after the publication of The Foolscap Rose in 1934. The last twenty years of his life seem to have been spent mainly in genteel seclusion. He died April 25, 1954 in Sea Isle, New Jersey.

Extent

0.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Joseph Hergesheimer (1880-1954) was an American fiction writer. The letter in this collection is addressed to Pierre Bosman and discusses the status of two of Hergesheimer's novels.

Method of Acquisition

Purchased in November 2000.

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Processing Information

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Title
Joseph Hergesheimer Letter
Author
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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