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Charles Dudley Warner manuscript

 Collection — Box: BW 32, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16543

Content Description

This collection contains twenty-six leaves of Charles Dudley Warmer’s manuscript of "The Study" for "The Editor's Study" in Harper's Bazaar. The manuscript contains the first two parts of Warner's essay published in Volume 95, October 1897 [pp. 798-800]. The text appears identical to the published version. It is likely that this was the manuscript submitted to Harper’s – though there are minor authorial corrections throughout.

It is laid in a three piece green and crimson gilt-decorated Morocco slip-case, made by the Adams Bindery in New York and is signed by Warner on the final page. Part I is both a negative review of Edward Bellamy's Utopian novel, Equality (1897), and a rebuttal of Bellamy's socialist ideas. Part II is an extended critique of contemporary children's literature.


  • Creation: October 1897


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900) was a prolific writer and editor, writing numerous books and articles, and was the first president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He is best remembered as Mark Twain's close friend, and only- co-author. He and Twain collaborated to write The Guilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873). On the editorial staff at Harper's Bazaar, he was the writer of the influential "Editor's Study" column for Harper's from 1894-1898.


.03 Cubic Feet (1 letter sized folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from Jeff Weber Rare Books by the Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia on July 9, 2021.

Condition Description


Guide to the Charles Dudley Warner manuscript
Rose Oliveira, Accessioning Archivist
1 September 2021
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States