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Repplier, Agnes, 1855-1950
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Agnes Repplier Letters
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of twenty letters of Agnes Repplier, an American essayist and biographer whose writing career spanned sixty-five years. Most of the letters are addressed to her friend Margaret Farrand (Mrs. WIlson Farrand).

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of twenty letters of Agnes Repplier. Eighteen of the letters are addressed to her friend Margaret Farrand (Mrs. Wilson Farrand); one letter is to Charles Wisner, and one letter to Charles Scribner's Sons about a review of a children's book that she wrote. Repplier's letters to Margaret Farrand are of a friendly nature. She writes (12 January 1912) about having gone to see J. M. Synge's play "The Playboy of the Western World" and how it was received with riots in New York and in Philadelphia, and she includes some newspaper clippings about it. Other topics include her travels, mutual friends such as Cornelia Frothingham and her nervous breakdown, and her visit with Mrs. Schuyler Warren, the mistress of a literary salon in New York, at Sea Bright, NJ. In most of her letters Repplier writes about Rockywold Camp on the Squam Lake in New Hampshire where they used to spend their summer vacations. The letters were sent from Philadelphia, where Repplier lived, and also from Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; Italy; France; and Nova Scotia.


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Collection Creator Biography:

Repplier, Agnes, 1855-1950

Agnes Repplier was an American essayist and biographer. Her writing career spanned sixty-five years, during which time she developed friendships with many noted writers, artists and scholars. Repplier achieved literary success in 1886 with the publication of her essay "Children, Past and Present" in the Atlantic Monthly. She also published essays in Life magazine, Appleton's Magazine, The New Republic, Harper's, Century Magazine, and The Yale Review. Her published books include Books and Men (1888), A Happy Half Century (1908), Life of Pere Marquette (1929), and Agnes Irwin (1934). Repplier was a founding member of the Cosmopolitan Club in Philadelphia in 1886. She received honorary doctor of letters degrees from several universities including Princeton University, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia.

Collection History


Letters to Mrs. Margaret Farrand were a gift of Mrs. Margaret Farrand Thorp in July 1940 .

Letter to Charles Wisner was purchased in November 1946 .

Letter to Scribner's was a gift of Alexander D. Wainwright, Princeton Class of 1939, on August 15, 1991 .

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Agnes Repplier Letters; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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