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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A36

Essay of Mildred Aldrich, 1926


Autobiographical essay of Mildred Aldrich describing the funeral and burial of poet Oscar Wilde.


  • Creation: 1926


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mildred Aldrich as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


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The collection contains an essay entitled "The Burial of a Fallen Poet." The essay is an edited version of one chapter of Mildred Aldrich's autobiography Confessions of a Breadwinner, which she completed in 1926. The "fallen poet" is Oscar Wilde and the essay describes her impressions of Wilde and her observations of his funeral and burial.


Journalist, author, and editor, Mildred Aldrich was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to Edwin and Lucy Ayers (Baker) Aldrich. She was raised in Boston, Massachusetts, graduated from Everett High School (1872), and taught elementary school in Boston for a brief period. She began her career as a journalist with the Boston Home Journal, and later worked for the Boston Journal and the Boston Herald. In January 1892 she founded a magazine, The Mahogany Tree, which she edited during the one year of its existence. Published weekly, it contained editorials, fiction, poetry, drama, and book reviews.

In 1898 Aldrich traveled to Paris, and subsequently settled there. She became a close friend of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. She worked as a foreign correspondent and translated French plays into English. In 1914 she retired to Huiry, a village near Paris, and published four collections of her letters and a novel. She died on February 19, 1928.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 57-87

The essay of Mildred Aldrich was given to the Schlesinger Library by Mrs. Hans Miller in 1957.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Autobiography of Mildred Aldrich, 1926 (A-4).

Processing Information

Updated and additional description added: June 2023

By: Paula Aloisio

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library and Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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