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Letter from Kate Chopin to publisher

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: MS P572


Letter from the American author to the publisher "Dear Mr Stone," of Chicago, probably Herbert Stuart Stone (1871-1915). H.S. Stone & Co. (Chicago & NY) published her The Awakening in 1899.


  • Creation: October 26 [approximately 1899-1904?]


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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1 folder : Holograph letter, signed, 2 pages, on 2 narrow leaves stuck together at the head.

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Summary of contents: A lunatic from Philadelphia named Christenholm is coming West determined to marry me (though he has read The Awakening!); do not give him my address.

Dating of letter: Written after publication of The Awakening in 1899, but before her death in 1904.

Remitter address St Louis [Missouri]: 3317 Morgan St.

Physical Location

MS P572

Custodial History

Found tipped in W.D. Paden's copy of The Awakening, 1899, on front free endpaper (located at Spencer Research Library at B7730). No evidence that the printed book had belonged to Stone.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, William Doremus Paden, November 1977.

Existence and Location of Copies

A .pdf version of this letter is available; contact Spencer Research Library staff for assistance in accessing this copy.

Guide to the Kate Chopin Collection
Letter from Kate Chopin to publisher
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1987. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2005.
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Preferred citation
Letter from Kate Chopin to publisher, Department of Special Collections, MS P572, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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