New York: Both letter and manuscript dated Nov. 27, 1907.
One page each, on letterhead of The Century Association. 8vo and 12mo. From Rogers to young Archibald Rutledge. Fine, with envelope Item #247641
Robert Cameron Rogers (1862-1912) was a New York poet, novelist, and author of several books, whose lyric “The Rosary” as set to music by Ethelbert Nevin became one of the most popular songs of the early 20th century, selling thousands of copies of sheet music, recorded by the great Irish tenor, John McCormack, and many others over decades to come.
Rogers’ note of presentation is to a young author by the name of Archibald Hamilton Rutledge (1883-1973), the future poet laureate of South Carolina, and an author beloved by future generations for his tales of sporting life in the South. At the time he sent his first book of verse, UNDER THE PINES, AND OTHER POEMS (1906) to Rogers, he was an English instructor at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. Rogers’s last book of verse, THE ROSARY AND OTHER POEMS, was also published in 1906, by John Lane.
A touching and highly unusual association.
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