Guide to the Mathilde Blind letter, circa 1889-1896


Mathilde Blind was a writer and feminist active in late 19th century England. This letter was written by Blind thanking a correspondent for sending her a newspaper clipping containing a review of her work. She expresses gratitude for his thoughtfulness and for his "sympathetic spirit" towards her work.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Mathilde Blind letter
circa 1889-1896
0.1 Linear Feet, 1 item
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection comprises a single autograph manuscript letter on a single folded sheet of paper with text on three sides dated June 19, but lacking a year. The manuscript address given at the top of the first page reads: Holly Cottage, The Mount, Hampstead, London, N.W. In the letter, Mathilde Blind writes to thank an unknown male correspondent for sending her a clipping from the Liverpool Mercury containing a review of one of her works. Blind writes, "Sitting here this evening, somewhat tired, somewhat despondent, there comes to me your letter. I cannot tell you how it cheered and strengthened me. There is something profoundly stirring in the thought that far away, among the great unknown multitude of one's fellow beings, there are people who have entered into one's work with a kindly sympathetic spirit."

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Contents of the Collection

Folder 1

Historical Note

Mathilde Blind was a German-born English writer and radical feminist thinker active during the late 19th century. She was influenced by her Bavarian parents who were labor activists granted political asylum in London. Stylistically, Blind's influences include George Eliot, George Sand, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Although chiefly known as a poet, Blind also wrote biographies of George Eliot, Lord Byron, and Madame Roland, as well as reviews, translations, and the novel "Tarantella." She traveled extensively in Europe, which was reflected in her work. Recent scholarship (including James Diedrick's 2017 critical biography) has reexamined Blind in the context of her status as a pioneering feminist thinker.

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The Mathilde Blind letter was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

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Processed by Megan E. Lewis, March 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS128