Typed manuscript with handwritten corrections and comments for an unpublished sequel to The Perhappsy Chaps
Author: Ruth Plumly Thompson
THOMPSON, Ruth Plumly. Typed manuscript with handwritten corrections and comments for an unpublished sequel to The Perhappsy Chaps. 51 letter-sized (8½” x 11”) sheets. Sheets of typescript affixed with grommets into construction paper folder with pictorial label affixed to the front. Covers heavily worn with a few large chips and creases, pages aged.
A manuscript by Ruth Plumly Thompson of what appears to be an unpublished sequel to The Perhappsy Chaps, Thompson’s first published book, issued by The P.F. Volland Company in 1918. The stories in verse in that book first appeared as on the children’s page of the Philadelphia Public Ledger, a weekly newspaper feature written by Thompson. This manuscript consists of seven carbon copy sheets and 44 original typescript pages, comprising 21 stories in verse that do not appear in the published book. A number of the pages have handwritten corrections, comments, or changes. Though none of these were ever published in book form, they may have been published in a newspaper or magazine, but it appears unlikely. Thompson returns to the world of her elf-like creations from the town of Perhaps, creating a series of rhyming stories about these adventurous creatures interacting with the outside world. Based on correspondence we have handled that was sent by the publisher to Thompson, it seems probable that this was done in the early 1920s in response to a request for new material.