A collection of 64 pieces of correspondence from the American author, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, to her dear friend, Mrs. James B. Pratt (Catherine); the correspondence spans the years 1934-1945. Many of the letters in their original envelopes with postage and dated postmark. (39 letters with envelope, 24 without envelope, 1 postcard) The correspondence is between long-time friends and is casual and personal; includes mentions of: work and colleagues, a letter regarding Canfield Fisher’s giving the 1944 Commencement Address at Swarthmore College; references to handmade bags that Catherine has given Dorothy; children; and World War Two, including a mention in July 1940 referring to Hitler’s invasion of France and censored mail. Most items are written on personalized stationary, with a few varied exceptions on distinctive letterheads; some typed, but most handwritten; one little essay, on the virtues of square dancing, is written on onion skin paper. Dorothy Canfield Fisher, original name Dorothea Frances Canfield, pen name Dorothy Canfield, (1879 – 1958) was a prolific American author of novels, short stories, children’s books, educational works, and memoirs. Catherine Pratt (née Erminia Caterina Beatrice Giussehpina Maria) was born in Italy, the daughter of Commendatore Francesco Mariotti, private secretary to Queen Margherita of Italy. Catherine married James B. Pratt, noted author, philosopher and professor. James Bissett Pratt died January 15, 1944; Catherine published his last two books, Reason in the Art of Living (1949) and Eternal Values of Religion (1950). The majority of letters are in very good condition; 12 letters show evidence of mouse chewing, but only the corners and edges are missing; one postcard has been extensively gnawed, but no text has been destroyed.
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