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Guide to the Julia Ellsworth Ford letter to Helen Hoke, 1935 October 16

Summary

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."

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11434
Title
Julia Ellsworth Ford letter to Helen Hoke
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 1 item
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

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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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Julia Ellsworth Ford letter to Helen Hoke, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Letter
Folder 1
 

Historical Note

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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Provenance

The Julia Ellsworth Ford letter to Helen Hoke was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Megan E. Lewis, April, 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS210