AGNES REPPLIER HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, "Agnes Repplier", 5 x 7, August 8, 1899, Philadelphia, PA, to the editor of the Independent offering her writing for publication, by American author and essayist. In part: "...I enclose you a short paper for the Independent - if it be the kind of thing you want...." Age toning, small edge chip, otherwise in fine condition.
AGNES REPPLIER (1858-1950) became one of America's chief representatives of the discursive essay, displaying wide reading and apt quotation. Her writings contain literary criticism as well as comments on contemporary life. These characteristics were already apparent in the first essay which she contributed to the Atlantic Monthly (April 1886). Repplier's earliest national publications appeared in 1881 in Catholic World. Although she did write several biographies and some fiction, early in her career she decided to concentrate on essays, and for 50 years she enjoyed a national reputation. She was awarded honorary degrees by the University of Pennsylvania (1902), Notre Dame (1911), Yale (1925), and Columbia University (1927). She was an advocate of feminism, a devout Catholic, and had a conservative's outlook on the issues of the day.