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Autograph Letter Signed and Friendship Village Love Stories
NY, Macmillan, 1909. A two-page autograph letter signed from Gale to "Major, dear," thanking the recipient for roses, apparently sent following a visit between the two the previous day. The letter is signed, "Faithfully yours/ Zona Gale." Written on the verso of part of a letter from "Major" to Gale and tipped to the front flyleaf of the book. From "Major's" letter, it appears that the recipient is Abby Baldwin Martin, author of History of the Newark Female Charitable Society and widow of New Jersey State Senator Augustus Martin; Martin explains the appellation "Major" was given to her by soldiers while doing relief work in Florida during the Spanish-American war. Gale, of course, was a Wisconsin novelist, short story writer and playwright, known for her "Friendship Village" stories and for the stage adaptation of her novel Miss Lulu Bett, for which she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Gale's letter reads, in part, "I owe you much, and, bright among the much, the visit yesterday." The book is near fine, without dust jacket; the letter, apparently from 1910 and tipped into the book, is also near fine. [#034699] $300

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