Erindale College University of Toronto Mississauga, Ontario 151. IC6 7 August 1980 Jonathan Williams Corn Close, Dentdale, Sedbergh, Cumbria England Dear Jonathan, I take it that your 'art historian' with the MH-Traubel letters is William I. Homer ? Here's what I know. In 1954, Robert Burlingame's dissertation mentions the 28 love letters from Traubel to Hartley that Hartley's niece possessed. In a footnote, he said that letters from MH to Traubel 'are not extant so far as is known.' In 1976, Gertrude Traubel answered an inquiry of mine with this statement, among others: 'I have quite a few letters from Hartley which I will be glad to show you if you come this way fairly soon. When they have been assembled they will, I hope, be available to scholars and in a good place.' I never got there. Homer did? Enclosed is photocopy of an article about her in the Germantown Courier, wherein she mentions, namelessly, me. The Traubel-MM letters are now at the Beinecke, where I've read them: effusive, tender, flowery. These have been referred to in print by Burlingame, Barbara Haskell, and me, but never (so far as I know) quoted. The niece is still alive, homophobic, and may be turning down requests if she gets any. I seem to recall that someone was editing the Hartley-Steiglitz letters for publication, but have no memory of anyone trying to publish the ones from Traubel. It would be lovely if Jargon/Homer could publish both sides of the correspondence. De Doctrlna Christiana Chambers must be back now, but I haven't seen him. I'm here only for a short while, in a respite from the languor of Fire Island Pines. Planning a conference for the fall, notice enclosed. Is that you in the Arthur Tress photo in the new Christopher Street? Yours, Michael Lynch.
William Innes Homer Papers. Georgia OKeeffe Museum Research Center Archives.
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