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Wood, Charles Erskine Scott; [O'Kane, Helen Marguerite] (Decorations)
A Masque of Love
Walter M. Hill [Printed at The Elston Press], Chicago [New Rochelle, New York], 1904. One of 500 copies, octavo size, 89 pp., inscribed by Charles Erskine Scott Wood twice, with MSS errata list. The first published work of literature by Charles Erskine Scott Wood (1852-1944), this copy inscribed twice by him; the first inscription to Albert Field Ehrgoth ("To My dear boy") is dated June 30, 1917; Albert, the son of Sara Bard Field, was killed in an automobile accident in 1918. Wood subsequently inscribed the book to "My darling daughter Kay" (Katherine, the daughter of Sara Bard Field, who would become a professor at Mills College) thus: "No copy of my book I could give would be so valuable as this one I gave to our beautiful winged Albert", dated July 20, 1920. Wood was a fascinating man; a self-proclaimed anarchist, he would become a prominent attorney in Portland, Oregon, where he became known for defending labor unions and other "radicals", including Margaret Sanger, the birth-control activist. As a young man he attended West Point; after graduation he participated in the Nez Perce War of 1877 and was present at the surrender of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce - they became life-long friends and Wood became an advocate for Native American causes. Wood himself became a noted author of the day as well as a well-known landscape painter; he and Field lived from 1925 onwards in a home they built in Los Gatos named "The Cats", where would gather around them friends such as Chief Joseph, Eugene Debs, Robinson Jeffers, Margaret Sanger, and John Steinbeck. Wood and Field, who met … [Click Below for Full Description]
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