Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Harris, F. mss., 1919-1920, consist of three letters from author John Galsworthy, 1867-1933, to critic and novelist Frank Harris, 1856-1931. In the first brief letter, Nov. 10, 1919, Galsworthy comments on Harris's book on Oscar Wilde and about his own preference for the long-short story as a form. In the second, May 15, 1920, he agrees to read a story by Harris and goes on to discuss the need for teaching an appreciation of beauty in order to reform education. In the last letter, June 18, 1920, Galsworthy responds to Harris's request that he be "quite frank" as he critiques one of Harris's works and then takes issue with his views of the League of Nations and of Russia: "...were you in Russia you would condemn the regime there as strongly as you now seem to uphold it. Distance has lent you enchantment."

The letters, al1 A.L.S., are in a blue cloth case, stamped in gold: Letters from John Galsworthy to Frank Harris / Presented to / Laurens J. Mills / By his Colleagues / March 19, 1959.

Gift. Charles Blaney. St. Petersburg, FL 1999

Collection size: 3 items

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