HWL Visiting Faculty Fellow Finds Edith Wharton Typescript at the Rubenstein Library
Meredith Goldsmith is an English professor at Ursinus College who is spending a year at Duke as an HWL Visiting Faculty Fellow. She recently shared some exciting news in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library blog.
As a Humanities Writ Large Fellow at Duke this year, one of my goals was to explore the archives in the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Collection, extending work I had done at the Kislak Center for Special Collections at University of Pennsylvania creating archival research exercises for undergraduate humanities students. My scholarship focuses on late nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American women’s writing, so I knew that exploring the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, currently undergoing processing, would be especially exciting. But little did I know that I would uncover a genuine “find”—an Italian-language typescript of a short story by Edith Wharton, translated by the author and featuring corrections in her own hand.