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    Rose Hartwick Thorpe Archive including an Autograph Manuscript Signed, a fair copy, of "Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight." Thorpe (1850-1939) was born in Mishawaka, Indiana. Growing up, she read and adored the poetry and fiction of the day, especially Longfellow. In the late 1860s, she wrote a long romantic, narrative poem that became a popular success and has been read and studied by students and reprinted hundreds of times in the years since. "Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight" tells the story of a young lady who saves the life of her lover from execution by winning a pardon by her personal plea to Sir Oliver Cromwell. Unfortunately for her, she did not obtain copyright and therefore received little financial return from its huge success. Thorpe worked as a writer and editor for many years and after the death of her husband in 1916, was active in the suffrage movement near her California home. This lot includes the following:
    "Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight" AMsS, a fair copy. Six pages, 8.5" x 10.75", San Diego, California, October 1930.
    "Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight" AQS, the last stanza of the poem. One page, 5.25" x 5.5", Pacific Beach, California, September 14, 1889.
    Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight (Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1882), a heavily illustrated book containing the poem, lacking spine.
    Rose Hartwick Thorpe ALS. 1½ pages, 5" x 6.5", San Diego, May 29, 1911, original envelope included.
    Rose Hartwick Thorpe Signature on a 3.75" x 2.25" card.
    Five items total, very fine condition except as noted.

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    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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