Guide to the Julia Ellsworth Ford letter to Helen Hoke, 1935 October 16
Children's book author and socialite Julia Ellsworth Ford writes to fellow children's book writer Helen Hoke offering an introduction to the Yeats family while Hoke is in Dublin. Ford particularly wishes Hoke to meet Elizabeth Yeats because of her printing work with the Cuala Press. She writes that she considers William Butler Yeats the greatest poetic genius to emerge from England and Ireland in the 20th century, but that it will be difficult to meet him because he "is more or less a recluse because of writing all the time."
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- Julia Ellsworth Ford letter to Helen Hoke
- 0.1 Linear Feet, 1 item
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
Collection consists of a single two-page autograph typescript letter on letterhead stationery dated 1935 October 16 with manuscript postscript. Julia Ellsworth Ford writes to Helen Hoke offering an introduction to members of the Yeats family while Hoke is in Dublin that winter. Ford particularly wants Helen to meet Elizabeth Yeats because of her work printing with the Cuala Press; Ford owns a complete set of their books. Ford writes that she had hosted the father, John Butler Yeats, in New York, where he stayed until his death in 1922. If Hoke wishes to meet William Butler in Ireland, she should ask Elizabeth, but that he "is more or less of a recluse because of writing all the time."
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[Identification of item], Julia Ellsworth Ford letter to Helen Hoke, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Julia Ellsworth Ford was a New York-based socialite, author of children's books, and philanthropist. Ford presided over a salon that included the Irish poet W.B. Yeats.
Helen Hoke was a children's book writer and the executive director of the Julia Ellsworth Ford Foundation, known for its children's book competition.
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- Cuala Press
- Ford, Julia Ellsworth, 1859-1950
- Lisa Unger Baskin Collection (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
- Yeats, Elizabeth Corbet, 1868-1940
- Yeats, John Butler, 1839-1922
- Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939
The Julia Ellsworth Ford letter to Helen Hoke was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.
Processed by Megan E. Lewis, April, 2017
Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS210