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Letter from Frances Parkinson Keyes to Alice H. Dains

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: MS P750


Letter from writer Frances Parkinson Keyes to Miss Alice H. Dains of Lawrence, Kansas. The letter appears to be in response to a letter of Dains' and concerns the "flounder house" style of building that appears in one of Keyes' novels. 1 sheet, with envelope.


  • Creation: June 29, 1938


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Biography of Frances Parkinson Keyes (1885-1970)

Frances Parkinson Wheeler was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and grew up in New England. In 1904 she married Henry Wilder Keyes, and they brought up their family of three sons on his estate in New Hampshire. Her husband's involvement in politics brought them to Washington, D.C., and after his death in 1938, Frances Parkinson Keyes eventually settled in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Keyes wrote memoirs and novels, including her first novel Old Gray Homestead (1919), The Story of a Washington Hostess (1937), and Dinner at Antoine's (1948), among many others. Later in her career she also wrote poetry and short stories and experimented in other forms. She also served as a contributing editor to Good Housekeeping magazine from 1923-1935, writing a series called "Letters from a Senator's Wife" for the magazine during the 1920s.

[Information retrieved from Virginia Humanities in partnership with the Library of Virginia. "Frances Parkinson Keyes (1885-1970)," Encyclopedia Virginia,]


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MS P750

Guide to the Frances Parkinson Keyes Collection
Letter from Frances Parkinson Keyes to Alice H. Dains
Finding aid prepared by eh, 2016 and mwh, 2020. Finding aid encoded by mwh, 2020.
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Letter from Frances Parkinson Keyes to Alice H. Dains, MS P750, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States