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ARCHIVE of PHOTOS and LETTERS FROM ENGLAND
England, circa 1957. A multi-dimensional archive, including: eleven 8 X 10 inch black & white photographs of Frost taken during his trip to England in June, 1957, by Time-Life photographer Howard Sochurek. The verso of each photograph includes the photographer's credit, and the "Time Inc. Book Division Copyright Reproduction Not Permitted" statement stamp. Also included are photo static copies (pp. 12) of the report of captions for photographs of 14 rolls of film, written and compiled by Bea Dobie (Beatrice T. Dobie). Dobie served "a 38-year career with Time, Inc. including a much-enjoyed period as a foreign correspondent and reporter for LIFE magazine. She worked for both Time and LIFE magazines and was a founding executive of Time-LIFE Books. She was instrumental in choosing Alexandria as its new headquarters in 1976. She served as chief of research and ended her career as vice president and director of personnel" (exerpt from her obituary). Also included is a photo static copy (pp. 7) of typed notes dated June 14, 1957, for a story by Bea Dobie. Also included is a photo static copy (pp. 5) of typed notes dated June 17, 1957, for a story by Bea Dobie. Additionally, the original typescript (pp. 3) of a story "SUBJECT: Robert Frost in England" by Bea Dobie, along with two complete carbon copy sets of the original typescript. Also a clipping from TIME, June 24, 1957, titled "For Freedom & Justice" with a photo of Frost by Howard Sochurek. Also included in this archive is an original handwritten letter by Frost to "Miss. Haferd" and dated "London Eng / June 14 1957" written on the FEP of a copy of Frost's THE COMPLETE POEMS (Jonathan Cape, 1956). The recipient was Margaret "Maggie" Haferd, the cultural officer and librarian of the American embassy in London, who was "the official in charge of Frost's English itinerary" (Thompson & Winnck, ROBERT FROST: THE LATER YEARS, Holt, p.223). The letter reads: "Dear Miss Haferd: Please take this book for the moment as all the thanks I can put into words written or printed for the glorious workout you have given us this month in the country half my own. The State Department shall be told of all you have done for me, my granddaughter, Lee Francis, and my friend Lawrance Thompson to make our visit a real campaign. But that will be nothing to what I shall be thinking of you the rest of my days. In lasting friendship, Robert Frost, London Eng June 14 1957" in blue fountain pen ink. Further included is a copy of Frost's 1957 Christmas greeting "My Objection to being Stepped On" with the Lesley Lee Francis imprint, with a handwritten note laid in "all my love to that wonderful girl at 5 Derby St. who did so much to make my stay in London a memorable one. Lesley Lee" in blue fountain pen ink. In all, this archive represents a remarkable witness to the historical trip Frost made to England in 1957. Slight minimal wear, overall fine condition.
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