Letters of James Gibbons Huneker

Letters of James Gibbons Huneker

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Letters of James Gibbons Huneker

Letters of James Gibbons Huneker

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This volume of my husband's letters was prepared primarily on the suggestion of his friends, and particularly for his friends -- yet letters from some of those with whom he was most intimate will not be found in it. One reason for this omission is that the correspondence with some of his early friends and associates has been destroyed by them, or, as was sometimes the case, mislaid or lost. Another is that in recent years he was nearly always available to his friends, which explains the small number of letters during this time.

My husband was always an indefatigable correspondent, and no inquiry or courtesy to him ever remained unanswered for more than a few days. Ever thoughtful of his friends, any occasion would be a cause to send them a note, short or long, and as he never dictated or used a typewriter, many an hour was passed in writing letters. No copies were ever made of these letters, so that it would be quite impossible even to gather together more than a small fraction of them. This collection is based on those that were available.

His most intimate friendships are fully described in his autobiography, "Steeplejack" (1920), thereby making this volume of letters a companion to that work from the autobiographical point of view.

I wish to express my grateful appreciation to T. R. Smith and to Frederick James Gregg, who have assisted me most helpfully in the preparation of this volume. To all who have placed their letters from my husband at my disposal I am grateful.

JOSEPHINE HUNEKER.

April, 1922.

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