Howells in the Franklin Square Library Series

From Paul Petrie:

Dear Dr. Petrie: I am contacting you in your role as editor of the Howellsian.

Two colleagues and I are researching the book covers of a late 19th-century artist, and have reason to believe that a series of William Dean Howells novels, published ca. 1890-1895, in paperback in the Franklin Square Library Series, by Harper & Bros., were done by the same artist. However, these paperback editions are rare and we have only located images of a few of them.

Perhaps you would be so kind as to inquire of the members of the William Dean Howells Society if any of them might own a copy in this series. If so, and if the person would be willing to send a scan of the cover, I would be very grateful to be contacted directly.

Thank you very much for your assistance.

Sincerely,

Mary L. Kwas

University of Arkansas System (retired)

Lansing, Michigan

mkwas@uark.edu

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