Date Published: 1879 - 1910
George Washington Cable was an American novelist and reformer being notable for the realism of his portrayals of Creole life in his native New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been called “the most important southern artist working in the late 19th century,” as well as the “first modern southern writer,” for his revolutionary treatment of important social issues, particularly racism and classism.
This collection contains 11 items from 1879 to 1910 specifically 6 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS) ; 3 Notes signed and 2 Books each with signed paper affixed.
• ALS to Helen Harrison Morris (wife of Arthur Twining Hadley, President of Yale), 24 April ?, suggesting that she would be interested “in our Monthly”.
• ALS to Mrs. D. Harry Hammer on letterhead of The Current Literature Publishing Co., where Cable served as Editor, with envelope, “April 30, '97. “Dear Madam: Better send Doctor Sevier, hadn't you? I find it as | hard to say which is my favorite book as to name my favorite | child. Yours truly | G. W. Cable”.
• 3 ALS to Mrs. Barrows, 16 February 1905 and 25 February 1905, re speaking engagement and reading to her club, $55 fee.
• ALS to Augustus Thomas, 31 December 1910, re his letter, Mr. Presbrey, and seeing Thomas in the new year.
ALS to Mary P. Wells Smith, Chairman, Lecture Committee, Cincinnati Women’s Club, 13 January 1896, re invitation to speak to members of the Club
• Card signed: “With heartiest good wishes, | I am, dear sir, | Your truly, | G.W. Cable”, with typed envelope addressed to Antonio Barreras, Habana, Cuba, post-marked 3 December 1923
2 Notes signed:
• Note signed “With the happiest good wishes | ever Yours truly | G.W. Cable”.
• Note signed “With heartiest good wishes, | Your truly | G.W. Cable”, , with a photo print of Cable.
2 Books each with signed paper affixed:
• The Grandissimes, a Story of Creole Life (New York: Charles Scribner’s, 1880), Cable’s first novel about racial injustice in New Orleans, considered to be the first great work about the South. Pictorial brown cloth with gilt design along top of front and spine, slight tears at the spine, decorative patterned endpapers, signed slip by Cable affixed to the fly leaf.
• Old Creole Days, first edition (New York: Charles Scribner’s, 1879). A novelized story of Creole life in Louisiana. Dark green boards with embossed design, very good, signature on paper affixed to front free endpaper.
On consignment with LDRB.