The Tar Baby and the Tomahawk: Race and Ethnic Images in American Children's Literature, 1880-1939

Dear Harris

No doubt you have your notice of the coming dinner of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and I hope you are coming. If you can't I wish you would feel like writing a word of suggestion as to the value of our plans to widen the scope of the [?]Institute The whole thing is more or less "punky" but I feel that much can be done with an organization of the
literary and artistic forces of the country provided we get hold of the live men and show them the benefit of association. Sloane, Wister and several others of us are making a determined effort to put in about sixty new men and so make the thing really national. I wish you'd write a letter giving a perfectly candid statement of the way the whole organization looks to you, and also nominating some new men from the South for consideration as members. We can't go on in this dead and alive way and we wont. We're going to make a new start &

I am as ever yours cordially
Hamlin Garland