Date Published: 1914 to 1944
Kathleen Norris was an American novelist, poet and newspaper columnist. She was one of the most widely read and highest paid female writers in the United States.
Collection contains 35 items dating from 1914 to 1944, specifically Three Autographed Letters Signed and 1 Autographed Note Signed, 1 card with signature, 4 B&w Photos and 6 Books with 10 items in total inserted inside books including a book written and by her husband, Charles G. Norris along with 3 ALS inserted inside.
Three Autographed Letters Signed, and 1 Autographed Note Signed;
• ALS to Mr. Perkins, n.d., telling Perkins to send book to Port Washington Long Island, New York, and she’ll sign the books, with photoprint of Norris.
• ALS to H.G. Jacobs, Brooklyn Daily, sending Jacobs her autograph, with outside of envelope, post-marked 27 November 1914.
• ALS to Florence Doubleday, wife of the publisher Frank Doubleday, 3 pp., , re her inability to travel to Nassau for holidays due to family commitments.
• ANS and Envelope to Edna M. Sherman, post-marked 13 December 1927
4 B&w Photos;
• 3 photos with Charles G. Norris, her husband, on ships;
- Empress of Japan, 13 September 1933;
- Liner Bremen, 22 December 1933;
- Liner Bremen, 19 December 1935, Associated Press Photos;
• Speaking at an anti-war rally sponsored by the America First Committee, 1940, International News Photo.
6 Books with 10 items in total inserted inside books;
• Mother (New York: Macmillan, 1912), reprint February 1912, white decorated cloth in jacket (piece missing from spine panel, front panel almost separated), top edge gilt. Signed card affixed to the front free endpaper.
• Little Ships (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1925), red cloth very good, inscribed by Norris to Marshall Dill (her nephew and later a history professor who taught at Stanford University and Dominican College of San Rafael), with Dill’s library stamp and label with 3 items inserted in book;
- ALS from Norris addressed “ Maude dear” (Maude Fay Symington), n.d., lamenting the news of Edna and “dear old Uncle Paul” (concluding “nunc et in hora mortis nostrae”);
- playbill of “The Western Women’s Club Presents Kathleen Norris… in Lulu Vollmer’s mountaineer drama `Sun-Up’”, 27-8 December 1934, Community Playhouse;
- Christmas card ALS, [1941?], with signed news clipping and envelope, re “Kit is having eggnogs here for all and sundry” and other celebratory happenings.
• The Sea Gull (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1927), red cloth very good, inscribed by Norris to Marshall Dill, with Dill’s library stamp and label with 2 items inserted in book;
- ALS addressed to Edna, envelope post-marked 19 October 1927, inviting Edna to Norris’s lecture “Some Problems of Today’s Mother” on All Soul’s Night;
- ALS (8 pp.) to Mme. Powers Symington (Maude), in Paris, France, All Souls 1926, thanking her for her wonderful letter about Little Ships and recounting tales of her family life, her mother, and friends (Julie Parker getting a divorce, Jenny Crocker Henderson having a baby)
• Beauty in Letters (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1930), paper boards, green spine, in jacket, fine condition, signed for Marshall Dill, with 2 items inserted in book;
- TLS to Dill, n.d., re picture taken about the time Baby Ruth was making headlines and her father was in the White House (Grover Cleveland)
- TLS to Dill, envelope post-marked 30 July 1944, re Cigi (her husband ) being in hospital and his mind painfully confused.
• Charles G. Norris, Salt; or, The Education of Griffith Adams (New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1918), 7th printing November 1919, signed by him, red cloth, with 3 items inserted into book;
- Postcard to Maude Fay, 9 March 19?, re affectionate thought from Piccadilly Circus and Paris signed by him;
- TLS to Dill, 26 September 1930, re Billy Norris having passed the judicial and weighty membership committee of the Bohemian Club;
- TLS to Dill, Thursday, re FN memorial, framed pages of manuscript of The Octopus (Frank Norris), being elected a member after the San Francisco fire.
• Frank Norris, The Epic of Wheat: The Octopus, a Story of California (Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1901), 2 vols., Collection of British and American authors, Tauchnitz edition, vols. 3542-3. Part one of projected trilogy, The Epic of the Wheat. Paper covers, darkened spines, very good otherwise. Listings of other Tachnitz books on the back covers indicate that these 2 vols. were issued in August and September 1904. Former owner’s signature on the front cover of vol. 1 with Norris’s signature pasted at the bottom of the half title of vol. 1. Frank Norris was the older brother of Norris’s husband, Charles Gilman Norris.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.