Typed manuscript with handwritten corrections and changes for an unpublished book titled Wooden Animals I Have Known
Author: Ruth Plumly Thompson
THOMPSON, Ruth Plumly. Typed manuscript with handwritten corrections and changes for an unpublished book titled Wooden Animals I Have Known. 40 letter-sized (8½” x 11”) sheets. Loose sheets of typescript loosely laid in to a construction paper folder with a pictorial label affixed to the front. Some hand-written corrections and changes in pencil. Wear, chipping and a few small, closed tears around edges of covers, hole evident where sheets had previously been held down by a fastener, else a clean manuscript.
A manuscript for an unpublished book of poems by Oz author Ruth Plumly Thompson, probably submitted to Volland for publication, but ultimately not produced. The title sheet appears to be a carbon, while all the other sheets appear to be the original typescripts. A series of charming poems about various toy wooden animals that the author has encountered over the course of her life, with delightful anecdotes and even a few poems about wooden objects that aren’t animals, like “An Old Broomstick.” Based on correspondence Volland sent to Thompson requesting submissions, it seems likely this was done in the early 1920s. A one-of-a-kind piece of unpublished Thompson writing by the beloved Oz author.