Correspondence from Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Martha Allen Luther Lane, November 3, 8, 1883
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935 (Author)Lane, Martha Luther, 1862-1948 (Addressee)
From Providence, Rhode Island. Gilman continues to reflect on the issues raised in her letter of, October 27-28, and Lane's response. "You widely misunderstand me if you think by misery I mean poverty. Poverty is both an effect and a cause of evil, and it is poverty that makes and keeps many men worse than beasts ... But horrible as Poverty is, it is not that that wrings my heart. It is the – O for words strong enough to say what I mean! – the hideous folly, the selfishness that lives only for its own delight...Emerson is right in what he says ..." (pages 3-4) "I'm not a pessimist, Martha, I believe in God and Evolution; but I believe in Preventabile [sic] Misery too." (page 6) Gilman writes, too, of her French lessons as well as her work and recent earnings.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman Papers
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Correspondence from Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Martha Allen Luther Lane, November 3, 8, 1883, Charlotte Perkins Gilman Papers, D.513, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester.
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