Correspondence from Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Martha Allen Luther Lane, December 11, 14, 1883
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935 (Author)Lane, Martha Luther, 1862-1948 (Addressee)
From Providence, Rhode Island. "December 11, 9:30 p.m." Small (1 cm.) illustration of a woman, page 1. "December 14, 10:20 or so p.m." Gilman plans to visit Lane on, December 26, staying on a day or two as she must return for a Sunday School festival. She will "…drop the social reform question (or rather the social horror question, for I broached no theories of reformation,) for the present ..." but she intends to "write more bye and bye. A kind of Learned Female Argument by correspondence ..." (page 4)On page 6, Gilman reports that an 1881 poem beginning "In duty, bound. A life hemmed in whichever way the spirit turns to look…" has been accepted for publication by "The Woman's Journal." "... It's a good paper, organ of a cause I believe in; and appropriate setting to the verses. No pay, but that's no matter; I'm glad to begin to find a voice...I do not hope ever to make much by writing, for I shan't write "saleable articles.". I mean to write only hot truths bravely spoken; to write for the sake of saying something worth while, not for the pay. And some time far away maybe I shall be heard…" Mentions of good friends Retta Clark and Carrie Hazard close the letter along with acknowledgment that [Charles] Walter Stetson continues to love her despite her "changefulness."
Charlotte Perkins Gilman Papers
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Correspondence from Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Martha Allen Luther Lane, December 11, 14, 1883, Charlotte Perkins Gilman Papers, D.513, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester.
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