Description: In this brief Nov 10, 1883 note to “Miss Booth”, George Parsons Lathrop hopes that his request is not “too impertinent.” He asks, “Can you find time to look at those verses, Rain [and] Lover, [and] let me know whether you are likely to use them? /Trusting that this inquiry will not seem to you too impertinent, I am /Very truly yours/ GPLathrop”.
The poem was published in the December 15, 1883 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
Written on one side of 5”x8” ivory paper. Item #A01092.
George Parsons Lathrop (1851-1898) was an American poet and novelist. He worked in an editorial capacity for The Atlantic Monthly and the Boston Courier. Throughout his career, he also edited several books for the publishers, Roberts Brothers, and the book of poetry, A Masque of Poets. In 1883, he founded the American Copyright League which was a great supporter of an International Copyright Act. He was married to Nathaniel Hawthorne's daughter, Rose Hawthorne.
Mary Louise Booth (1831-1889) was a well-known editor, writer and translator. During the American Civil War, she recognized the relevance of Count Agénor Étienne’s Uprising of a Great People for the American public. She undertook the daunting task of translating the work in a month (in 1861) after persuading Scribner’s to publish it. In 1867, she became the first editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar, a position she retained until her death.
Condition: Fold lines, line of light soil in blank area, generally very good condition.