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Letter from Henry Alden to Charlotte Cushman, Nov 3, 1874

CCP Box 9 Alden to CC.pdf
The editor of Harper's magazine asks Charlotte Cushman to write a contribution to the magazine speaking about her career. Alden presents himself as speaking on behalf of Cushman's friends rather than making a request as an editor.He includes the sum…

Letter from Mary Devlin Booth to Emma Crow Cushman, Nov 10[?], 1862

Mary Devlin Booth writes an affectionate letter to her friend Emma Cushman. She mentions a yearning for Emma which she has "never experienced before" (page 2): "I know if your husband saw this he would call this silly & me along with it: for he…

Bradford's "Charlotte Cushman" (1925/1932)

Bradford_Biography and the Human Heart. 1905. Cushman.pdf
In his biography Biography and the Human Heart (1932), Bradford republished the article (The North American Review, Vol. 221, No. 827 (Jun. - Aug., 1925)) as a chapter. Other biographical chapters covered Walt Whitman or Henry Longfellow, for…

Diary Entry by Anne H. Brewster about the Breakup of Charlotte Cushman and Matilda Hays

ABP Box 4 5, diary 1876. On CC and Hays_excerpt.pdf
The complete diary entry for June 5, 1876 is 24 pages long and details the time Harriet Hosmer and Anne H. Brewster spent together. The last eight pages (transcribed here) recount, how Hosmer witnessed the passionate breakup of Charlotte Cushman and…

Letter from Elizabeth Barret Browning to Isa Blagden, Feb 13, 1853

Elizabeth Browning recounts her first encounter with Charlotte Cushman, who was with Matilda Hays, at that time. Browning liked both of them very much: "I particularly liked Miss Cushman—& I liked, too, Miss Hayes who was with her, though…

Letter from Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Henry Fothergill Chorley, Aug 10, [1853]

Browning courts Chorley, trying to conince him that the Brownings are fond of him. Apparently, Robert Browing misbehaved in the past which offended Chorley. She tells Chroley how Charlotte Cushman praised his play. Browning speaks of Cushman's…

Letter from Robert Browning to Isa Blagden, March 18, 1865

In a patronizing manner, Robert Browning speaks of the letter from March 3, 1865, tat he received from Matilda Hays: "Miss Hays wrote to me for my signature to her petition for a literary pension: I thought it about the coolest proposal I remember,…

Byrne's Gossip of the Century: Personal and Traditional Memories (1892)

Byrne_Gossip of the Century, Vol. 1 (1892).pdf
A retrospective account of Cushman as actress and of her private life: The Memories serve as a good example for how the public image changes after Cushman's death and her success as an actress is being forgotten step by step.Gossip of the Century…