Date Published: 1917 to 1966
Binding: No binding
Frances Parkinson Keyes was a prolific American biographer and novelist whose novels were set in New England, Louisiana, and Europe. In 1904 she married Henry Wilder Keyes (1863-1938), a Republican politician who served as Governor of New Hampshire (1917-1919) and as a United States Senator (1919-1937). A convert to Roman Catholicism, she often used Catholic themes in her work.
The Frances Parkinson Keyes collection consists of 23 items dating from 1917 to 1966, specifically, 11 letters written by Frances Parkinson Keyes and 2 photos of her. In addition, there are 9 letters written by her husband, Henry (Harry) Wilder Keyes and a composite photo of him with other politicians.
11 Frances Parkinson Keyes letters and 2 photos:
• ALS to Mrs. Bugdee, 4 March 1927, with envelope, regretting that her ignorance of Mrs. Bugdee’s change of address had prevented their meeting.
• TLS to T. Brennan, 8 August 1941, replying to his cordial note of 16 July, delighted that he enjoyed her books: “Notes such as yours are a source of great encouragement and inspiration to an author….”
• TLS to James Gallagher, 20 October 1941, with envelope, responding that she was delighted to sign the bookplates and glad that the recipient had five of her books in his library and hoping that her newest book All That Glitters which is coming out in three weeks will “be the best of them all.” • TLS to George Wolfe, 23 March 1956, apologizes for the delayed reply, lots of travel, illness, and deadlines for three books, delighted that Wolfe and his wife liked Dinner at Antoine’s and made their visit to New Orleans memorable.
• 3 TLS to Eileen Cond, 19 March 1952, 15 February 1961, and 9 March 1962: was in Europe when Cond wrote her note, “so it had to undergo several forwardings; and since my return to the United States, I have been struggling to meet the deadline of my new novel, so my correspondence is in arrears. She is enclosing “some of the autograph slips which are made especially for me to paste in your copies of JOY STREET and DINNER AT ST ANTOINES”; just returned from South America, and “Miss Hornblower” has “turned over” Cond’s letter and bookplate. She is taking “the first opportunity to speed this on its way”; writing from her winter home in New Orleans, Beauregard House, “I am delighted to know that you are enjoying THE CHESS PLAYERS, and I am also happy to autograph the bookplate you enclosed. In case you would care to have autographs in other books of mine that you own, I am enclosing several of the autograph slips that I keep on hand for this purpose.”
• TLS to Roger Harris, 5 April 1963, re enclosing autograph slips, has no photographs, “the greatest satisfaction of her career” (“the fact that I have never written about a place that I was not welcome”), her late husband who had a great political career.
• 2 TLS to Carolyn Teague, 30 March 1966 and 3 May 1966, with envelopes, thanking her for enjoying her books (The Explorer), sends autograph slips (rather than signing books and mailing them), and that I, the King will be published at the end of May.
•TLS to Charlotte Clark, 6 October 1966, re her spending the summer in Ireland, sends two recipes (not enclosed).
2 b&w photos:
• Keyes in an evening gown (photo torn at bottom right), verso noting that she will assume the presidency of the League of American Pen Women, 18 March 1922, N.E.A.;
• Publicity photo of Keyes for her publisher, Julian Messner Inc., 24 August 1934, N.E.A.
9 Henry W. Keyes letters and 1 photo:
• TLS on State of New Hampshire letterhead to C.J. Ham, 5 April 1917, re “patriotic action of the Men’s Club of Durham”.
• 3 TLS (autopen signatures) on United States Senate letterhead addressed Dear Sir, 17 July 1919, 26 December 1919, and 7 January 1920, re Agricultural Year Book for 1918 and memorial addresses on the life and character of the late Senator Jacob H. Gallinger and the late Congressman Cyrus A. Sulloway.
• 2 TLS on United States Senate letterhead to Colonel Stephen S. Jewett, 26 July 1919 and 30 July 1919, re Congressional Directory of the 66th Congress and the Agricultural Year Book for 1917
• 3 TLS on United States Senate letterhead to Lynde Sullivan, 31 May 1924, 4 January 1926, and 15 January 1926, re the Department of Agriculture sending farmers’ bulletins to Sullivan, the appointment of Col. Horton as Quartermaster General of the Army, and Sullivan getting a glimpse of Keyes’s brother and family.
• Of the Senate Finance Committee hearing on 18 April 1935, Keyes seated a table with Senators William King, Pat Harrison, James Couzens, and Robert LaFollette, N.E.A. ACME News Pictures.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8411