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Agnes Repplier Letters


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Repplier, Agnes, 1855-1950

Agnes Repplier was an American essayist and biographer. Her writing career spanned sixty-five years, during which time she developed friendships with many noted writers, artists and scholars. Repplier achieved literary success in 1886 with the publication of her essay "Children, Past and Present" in the Atlantic Monthly. She also published essays in Life magazine, Appleton's Magazine, The New Republic, Harper's, Century Magazine, and The Yale Review. Her published books include Books and Men (1888), A Happy Half Century (1908), Life of Pere Marquette (1929), and Agnes Irwin (1934). Repplier was a founding member of the Cosmopolitan Club in Philadelphia in 1886. She received honorary doctor of letters degrees from several universities including Princeton University, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia.

The collection consists of twenty letters of Agnes Repplier. Eighteen of the letters are addressed to her friend Margaret Farrand (Mrs. Wilson Farrand); one letter is to Charles Wisner, and one letter to Charles Scribner's Sons about a review of a children's book that she wrote. Repplier's letters to Margaret Farrand are of a friendly nature. She writes (12 January 1912) about having gone to see J. M. Synge's play "The Playboy of the Western World" and how it was received with riots in New York and in Philadelphia, and she includes some newspaper clippings about it. Other topics include her travels, mutual friends such as Cornelia Frothingham and her nervous breakdown, and her visit with Mrs. Schuyler Warren, the mistress of a literary salon in New York, at Sea Bright, NJ. In most of her letters Repplier writes about Rockywold Camp on the Squam Lake in New Hampshire where they used to spend their summer vacations. The letters were sent from Philadelphia, where Repplier lived, and also from Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; Italy; France; and Nova Scotia.

Folders are arranged by accession number.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Letters to Mrs. Margaret Farrand were a gift of Mrs. Margaret Farrand Thorp in July 1940.

Letter to Charles Wisner was purchased in November 1946.

Letter to Scribner's was a gift of Alexander D. Wainwright, Princeton Class of 1939, on August 15, 1991.

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Collection Inventory

18 Letters to Mrs. Wilson Farrand, 1911-1917. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter to Charles Wisner, 13 May 1901. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter to Charles Scribner's Sons, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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