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Autograph Letters Signed
ca.1928-1929. Seven autograph letters signed (11 small pages total) written by Harraden, a successful novelist and leading activist in the women's suffrage movement, to an unknown publisher, exploring the idea of translating several books into English from the German. Based on the address (Belsize Square in Hampstead) that is blindstamped onto her note paper, these likely would have been written when Harraden was in her 60s. In the first letter, she agrees to the concept of doing translation work as a change from her own writing if he, the publisher, would be willing to wait until she is finished with her own book (possibly Search Will Find It Out). The second through fourth letters discuss the possibility of translating Die Schone Richterin [by Susanne G. Trautwein], for a fee of fifty pounds. After a careful reading of it, Harraden reports that although she finds it to be a "very curious and arresting book, powerful and yet measured," she has decided not to undertake the translation as the literary style is "so altogether different" from her own, and she recommends Ethel Colburne Mayne as her replacement. The final three letters discuss Die Grosse Liebe by Paul Wiegler, as well as Lion Feuchtwanger's The Ugly Duchess, the latter of which she is not translating but rather reviewing, for The Country Life. After a delay due to illness, Harraden decides against translating Die Grosse Liebe, as she has failed to find it "really remarkable in any sense." All of the letters are near fine or better. [#033890] SOLD

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