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The Story of Yaddo
Privately Printed New York 1923 - First Edition. Octavo, gilt lettering to front cover, gilt page ends. Yaddo is an artists' community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York, founded in 1900. The Yaddo Estate has hosted over 6,000 authorÕs and writers, including Milton Avery, James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, Aaron Copland, Philip Guston, Patricia Highsmith, Langston Hughes, Ted Hughes, Alfred Kazin, Ulysses Kay, Jacob Lawrence, Sylvia Plath, Katherine Anne Porter, Mario Puzo, Clyfford Still, and Virgil Thomson. ÒThe Story of YaddoÓ was published in 1923, after the death of Katrina Trask, one of the founders. It includes a forward by Katrina written in the winter of 1917-1918, explaining that she has Òleft a bequest that The Story Of Yaddo should be privately printed and kept on record for those who are to come to Yaddo in the futureÓ and also that copies should be printed and distributed Òamongst those who have shared the life during these years of joy and gladness.Ó Katrina also writes in her forward that in the eight years after her husbandÕs death, she lived alone in one of the farm-houses with Allena. Allena Pardee was one of the founders of Yaddo and an Honorary President of Yaddo, a close friend of Spencer and Katrina Trask. Pardee died at the age of 94 on the Yaddo Estate. This copy of ÒThe Story of YaddoÓ includes a letter from Allena Pardee to a friend, May, dated November 1923 on Yaddo stationary, writing of KatrinaÕs wish to distribute copies of the books to those who have shared in the life at Yaddo. Also laid in is a card presumably from Spencer & Katrina, written years earlier. Very Good or Near Fine. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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