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Letter to James Branch Cabell from Beatrice Houdini

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M214 Box 2 Letter from Beatrice Houdini to JBCabell rsz.jpg
Title: Letter to James Branch Cabell from Beatrice Houdini
Creator: Houdini, Beatrice
Date: October 10 (year unknown, not before 1926)
Description: Letter from Beatrice Houdini, wife of Harry Houdini, to James Branch Cabell requesting his autograph on a copy of The Music From Behind the Moon (which she misnames The Music From Beyond the Moon.) The letter is typed on mourning stationery (identified by the black border) that Harry Houdini had printed after his mother's death in July 1913.

Cabell's book was published in 1926, the year Houdini died (October 31, 1926). This letter is dated October 10 A.L. III (year unknown, but not earlier than 1927). The New York Sun reported on February 19, 1927 that Beatrice Houdini purchased the 67 Payson Avenue property given as the return address.

The letter refers to a book from Beatrice Houdini's collection which is now in the Cabell Room in James Branch Cabell Library.
Citation:
Houdini, Beatrice, “Letter to James Branch Cabell from Beatrice Houdini,” VCU Libraries Gallery, accessed January 24, 2022, https://gallery.library.vcu.edu/items/show/79859.