Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Howe, W. mss., 1938-1943, consist of correspondence between editor Will David Howe, 1873-1946, and Wendell Lewis Willkie, 1892-1944. Before becoming an editor at Charles Scribner's Sons, Howe was professor of English at Indiana University and had Willkie in his classes. They remained in touch over the years and Howe was an ardent supporter of Willkie's candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 1940.

The correspondence here relates chiefly to requests for Willkie appearances and social or thank-you notes. There are also copies of two letters from Howe to Edith Willkie, a carbon copy of Willkie's letter to Ernest Hemingway of January 8, 1941, thanking the author for an autographed copy of For Whom the Bell Tolls, and a typed transcript of Dr. Howe's introduction of Willkie before a radio audience, May 21, 1940.

Purchase. Rebecca and Lucia Howe. Silver Lake, NH 1996

Collection size: 16 items

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