44 St. Stephen Street Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 1973 Williarm I. Homer Dept, of Art History University of Delaware Dear Professor Homer In answer to your question about my association with Marsden Hartley all I can say is that he was my uncle, my mother's youngest brother and I his favorite niece as he used to label me. From my earliest childhood he wrote letters to me which my mother had to read to me since I had not yet entered school and learned to read and write myself. Naturally when a letter from Uncle Ed came it meant an exciting moment in my life. As you must have noticed he wrote to me from wherever he happened to be living at the moment, which covered this country and Europe and also Mexico where he went to paint as a Guggenheim fellow. The Guggenheims refused him his request to go to Germany to paint and study because of the war at that time and of course the Guggenheims were Jews and naturally bitter toward the Germans. Incidentally ray uncle's given name was Edmund but he took the name Marsden as his professional name because of his deep love for his stepmother, Martha Marsden Hartley. It is my desire to have my letters from my uncle published in book form as soon as I can work it out because I feel sure that they will be of interest to many people who are interested in his work and life. There is much in my letters which predate any that he wrote after he became known as a painter. He began his career in Ohio and his first lessons were at the Cleveland School of Art in a class taught by Miss Nina Waldek whom he adored The stories of my association with my uncle and his friends could fill many books 1 fancy but I don't plan to write any books. I hope this will satisfactory answer to your question. Sincerely, Norma Berger P.S. Thank you for the stamped envelope, self addressed
William Innes Homer Papers. Georgia OKeeffe Museum Research Center Archives.
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