Now here's something interesting. Perusing the correspondence between Christopher Morley and Edgar Smith (beautifully available online thanks to bsitrust.org
and the connection to the Houghton Library at Harvard) I today came across three tidbits.
First, you may recall in IHOSE #75 we interviewed Sonia Fetherston about her book about Bliss Austin, and in so doing explored the mystery of Helen Yuhasova. Morley writes to Smith in January 1945, copying out Ms. Yuhasova's verse ("I hear your footsteps patter in the hall;") mentioning his wish to write to her. How she afterwards was believed to be a figment is odd indeed.
Second, Morley writes to Edgar that he saw Conan Doyle in the flesh (and what flesh, he remarked) several times. One wonders when those sightings occurred. Morley describes him as SOS - a simple, old soul. "Only his agent and estate regard him as a woodpile," writes Morley, meaning grist for cash.
Finally, Morley stayed at Undershaw, then a hotel, in November 1947 and remarked upon the stained glass panels -- coats of arms for the "Foleys of Worcs., the Conans of Brittany, the Scotts of Nurley, and the Percys of Northumberland." He found these deeply amusing.
It is a great treat to read these original letters online and a visit to bsitrust.org
is recommended, certainly before your spellcheck corrects it to bistro.org
, which is, on the other hand, completely useless.