Date Published: 1883-1897
Arlo Bates was an American author, educator and newspaperman. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1876. In 1880 Bates became the editor of the Boston Sunday Courier (1880–1893) and afterward became professor of English at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1900.
This collection includes 8 Autographed Signed Letters (ASL), 1 note (signed) and two books (one signed and one with Bates bookplate) dating from 1883 to 1897.
8 ASL (4 signed by Bates) & 1 Note (signed);
• ALS (1 p.) to [William] Ticknor, the publisher, on letterhead of the Boston Courier [prior to 1864], re “The Danza” (“is it not $5?”) and “Congratulations on the finest blaze of the `Beacon”.
• ALS (2 pp.) to [Mark Sullivan], n.d., re meeting each other (Tavern Club).
• ALS (3 pp.) to “My dear McDowell”, 31 March 1893, complaining about lack of royalties for his very popular comedy play, “Love in a Cloud.”
• ALS (2 pp.) in response to a request by an editor, 6 March 1897, on Massachusetts Institute of Technology letterhead: “It is my principle and my practice not to try to write poetry to order”, but since “something of this sort has been in my mind for a long time”, so if any poems with “will condescend to complete themselves before May 1, I will send them to you”.
• 4 ALS (12 pp., 4 pp., 2 pp., 2 pp.) from Henry Holt (American publisher and novelist), 17 May 1883, 26 June 1883, 30 June 1883, and 4 September 1883, re Bates’s work, particularly re the publication of his novel, The Pagans.
• Note on letterhead of the M.I.T., 189?, “With the compliments of Arlo Bates.”
2 Books; (one signed, one with Bates bookplate)
• The Philistines (Boston: Ticknor & Co., Boston, 1889), blue cloth with bright blue titles, signed copy (dated Nov. 23 ’88) with inscription
• The Pagans (New York: Henry Holt, 1884), decorative green cloth, American Novel Series, with Bates’s bookplate pasted on light grey card and this pasted on the front fly leaf, opposite the name of Alice C. Murphy.
This collection is on consignment with LDRB.