|Creator:||Harris, Corra, 1869-1935|
|Title:||"In search of a husband" manuscript|
|Quantity:||0.6 Linear feet (1 card file box)|
Novelist Corra Mae White Harris was one of the most celebrated women from Georgia for nearly three decades in the early twentieth century. She is best known for her first novel, A Circuit Rider's Wife (1910), though she gained a national audience a decade before its publication. From 1899 through the 1920s, she published hundreds of essays and short stories and more than a thousand book reviews in such magazines as the Saturday Evening Post, Harper's, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, and especially the Independent, a highly reputable New York-based periodical known for its political, social, and literary critiques.
Harris established a reputation as a humorist, southern apologist, polemicist, and upholder of premodern agrarian values. At the same time she criticized southern writers who sentimentalized a past that never existed. Most of Harris's nineteen books were novels, though she also published two autobiographies, a travel journal, and a coauthored book of fictional letters. Two of her works became feature-length movies. Of these, the best known is I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951), inspired by A Circuit Rider's Wife. The film was written and produced by Georgia native Lamar Trotti and starred Susan Hayward and William Lundigan. She was the first female war correspondent to go abroad in World War I (1917-18). New Georgia Encyclopedia. (http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-484&hl=y) Retrieved 11/6/2009.
The collection consists of a handwritten and bound manuscript of "In search of a husband," by Corra Harris. The book was published in 1913. Also included are two letters from Harris to Katherine Connerat in Atlanta, Georgia, concerning the gift of this manuscript to Oglethorpe University (Atlanta) in 1922.
"In search of a husband" manuscript. MS 3280. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.