A non-profit corporation devoted to charitable, educational, & literary purposes THE JARGON SOCIETY, INC. May 18, 1982 Corn Close Professor William I. Homer Department of Art History 318 Old College University of Delaware Newark, Delaware 19 711, USA Dear Bill, Cumbria looks as it should in May, but it's been dry for three weeks and the hill farmers are already muttering that the grass isn't growing and the hay crop will be poor. But, the clouds are gathering and I'm sure another bleak summer is likely to be our fate for the sixth one in a row. A brilliant summer is in the cards here only once in fifteen years. I can't agree that my 'Note' is superfluous or negative. I think one has to grasp the nettle, as they say here, and point out very boldly why many critics and academics have shunned Marsden Hartley. The same fate has befallen Frank Holland Day— all those New England lads racing bare-assed through the woods with oak leaves in their hair. And poor Percy Grainger. How to take seriously a folklorist and composer with a taste for incest and the flagellation of young ladies? No, I think it's more than high time to state a few home truths. One thing I disliked about Princeton in our time there was the sedulous avoidance of such topics on the part of all those refined professors with secret collections of the tattered prints of the Baron Von Gloeden. 'Can you tell us. Dr. DeWald, just why this young man is sharing quarters in your house?' A dumbfounded, fixed smile would be the only answer. Surely one reason why Jargon Society is publishing the Hartley/Traubel letters and not, say. The University of Pennsylvania Press is because we can address the matter of sexuality. I am happy to do so over my signature. There are two pages left in the lay-out and I prefer to speak my hardly outrageous piece. The printer's alerted to send you final proofs.
William Innes Homer Papers. Georgia OKeeffe Museum Research Center Archives.
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