Ida Tarbell Writes About Her Abraham Lincoln Articles That Launched Her Career At McClure’s Magazine
by IDA TARBELL
IDA TARBELL (1857-1944). Tarbell was an American author and early investigative journalist. She is best known for exposing the misdeeds of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company. TLS. 1pg. 8” x 10”. April 30, 1896. New York. A typed letter signed “Ida M. Tarbell” on McClure’s Magazine letterhead. She wrote to Judge William Ewing of Chicago: “My Dear Mr. Ewing: Thank you kindly for your letter of April 21. I have been away for a week or it would have been answered before. We have not had very good success in having pictures of buildings reconstructed, but from what you told me in Chicago last summer, it seems to me that possibly you may be able to give us something that will be available. If you decide to have the drawing made, I shall look for it with interest. Thank you for your kind note about the Lincoln articles. I am going to use in my July issue some of the very good material that you gave me last summer on Davis’ attitude towards Lincoln in the court room. Very sincerely yours, Ida M. Tarbell”. Here, Tarbell refers to her highly-popular series of articles for McClure’s (later compiled into a book) about the life of Abraham Lincoln. Her work on Lincoln made her career at McClure’s, for whom she would publish her work on the Standard Oil Company a few years later. The letter is in very good condition. (Inventory #: 4205)
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