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Berta Ruck letter to Wesley Hartley

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0695

Content Description

Autograph and signed letter on personal printed letterhead written on behalf of her husband, Oliver Onions, to educator, Wesley Hartley, "I fear he would be found rather intransigeant on the subject of 'UNIVERSITY Education and creative work.' My personal opinion of him is = He considers that if you are going to create anything worthwhile you will do so with or without help!" On the last page of the letter, Ruck has pasted an extract from Twentieth Century Authors about Onions, which she has annotated with several commentaries and corrections, including her note, "He was the despair of (FRANK) GELETT BURGESS who imagined that with certain modifications of style, compromises, adaptations of himself to realizing other ways of thinking, 'OLIVER' would sell enormously. I think he would rather die than alter a word!"


  • Creation: 1960 March 6


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

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1 item (4 pages)


Autograph letter written and signed by Berta Ruck on behalf of her husband Oliver Onions to Wesley Hartley, dated March 6, 1960.

Related Materials

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Shelving Summary

Box 40, F0695: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

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Processed and encoded by George Apodaca, March 2016.

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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2016 March 3
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