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MS Am 1865-1865.1

Perry, Thomas Sergeant, 1845-1928. Thomas Sergeant Perry letters to Hercules Warren Fay: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1865-1865.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Perry, Thomas Sergeant, 1845-1928.
Title: Thomas Sergeant Perry letters to Hercules Warren Fay,
Date(s): 1891-1896.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of the American scholar Thomas Sergeant Perry and the American clergyman and writer Hercules Warren Fay.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*71M-11 and *71M-36. Purchased with the C. E. Norton fund and the S. Norton fund from John J. Walsh, P.O. Box 197, Roslindale, Massachusetts 02131; received: 1971 July 15.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Thomas Sergeant Perry Letters to Hercules Warren Fay (MS Am 1865-1865.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Perry was an American literary critic, scholar, and educator. Fay was an Episcopal clergyman who left the ministry because of poor health. He was a regular contributor of notes and reviews to The Nation and other papers.


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Scope and Contents

This collection contains 304 letters from Perry to H. W. Fay, along with several letters written to Perry from various correspondents. The letters from Perry to Fay were written while Perry was living in Paris. These letters contain detailed descriptions of Perry's daily life in Paris, and also describe his travels in Europe. Perry also writes of the Episcopal society, and publications in Paris newspapers, which he frequently sent to Fay. Perry also suggests to Fay articles that could be published in the Nation. Perry writes often of his tennis games, stamp collecting, the local cuisine, and several times mentions visits he made to Monet. Letters written to Perry include comments on his book Evolution of the Snob.

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