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Popular and prolific Canadian-born American historian, critic, writer and novelist noted for her multi-volume "Chronicles of America"; the originator and first editor of Farrar & Rinehart's famed "Rivers of America" series, she died at her desk while editing that series' sixth volume, Carl Carmer's "The Hudson." Two items: First, an ALS, 2pp, 5" X 8", New York, NY, 1923 March 19. Addressed to Albert Johannsen (1871-1962), a University of Chicago geology professor who authored "The House of Beadle and Adams and Its Dime and Nickel Novels" (1950), the definitive reference work on the subject. Near fine. On pale green letterhead, in reply to a request for a working draft page, Skinner graciously submits "an excerpt, in my writing, from a new vol. for Yale U Press which I have just completed. I see that your Department is not History -- or I should seize the occasion to ask you what chance there might be of the U of Chicago fathering a projected volume of mine on the history of the Democratic ideal from the beginning of our race to 1776. The Yale U P can't do it for several years because of two series now under way, and merely 'commercial' publishers shy at the initial expense without university backing." Second, an ANS, 1p, 8½" X 11", n.p., 1923 March 20. Near fine. Evenly age toned cheap pulp paper. Handsome and boldly penned full page titled "Santo Domingo / [from Vol I of Picture Chronicles, Yale U Press]," this lengthy paragraph waxes poetic about the Conquistadores: "Perhaps within those very walls there," it begins, "Santa Clara, treasurer under Governor Ovando, gave his famous banquet when musicians imported from Spain played for the guests, and gold dust filled the salt cellars. Ill-fated devotees of today's sun, these narrow streets knew them all: Coronado, Ayllon, the lion DeSoto, swarthy and proud, handsome Balboa drawing all eyes, grizzled Ponce." Inscribed at the conclusion: "copied for Professor Albert Johannsen and sent to him with my kind regards, Mar 20/23" and signed in full. Accompanied by Johannsen's original 8½" X 11" file folder, bearing a printed "Collection of Albert Johannsen" label (partly filled in by Johannsen). Bookseller Inventory # 26754
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