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Prepared by Dean Keller; Revised by Athena Salaba, May 1996; Updated February 2017; Last Updated: May 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1881-1943
Extent: 1 cubic foot
Physical Location: 11th Floor
Biographical Note: Logan Pearsall Smith was born on October 18, 1865, in Millville, N.J., and died on March 2, 1946. He was the son of Robert Pearsall and Hannah Whitall Smith. He attended Haverford College, Harvard and Balliol College in Oxford, England. An essayist and critic. Smith found his inspiration in Walter Pater. His work consists typically of epigrams. Among his works are The Youth of Parnassus, and other stories (1895), Trivia (1902), Afterthoughts (1931), and Last Words (1933). He also wrote biographies and criticisms such as The Life and Letters of Sir Henry Wotton (1907), On Reading Shakespeare (1933), and his autobiography Unforgotten Years (1938). In his later years he wrote mostly letters, especially to his young students such as Robert Gathorne-Hardy, John Russell, Desmond MacCarthy, R.C. Trevelyn, and Hugh Trevor-Roper.
Scope and Content: The collection consists of Smith's correspondence with family members and friends, and some manuscript material. Topics include reading, his studies at Haverford College and personal matters.
Acquisitions Note: The collection, with the exception of two letters, was purchased from Henry Wenning, New Haven, Connecticut, in December 1965 and September 1968. The two letters to Mrs. Margaret Egerton (Jan. 14, 1918 and Mar. 23, 1925) are gifts of Susan Riley Uhl, Sutton, New Hampshire.
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