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The pirate publisher - an international burlesque that has has the longest run on record

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A man, identified as the "Pirate Publisher," stands at center with one foot on a large book labeled "Law." He is wearing 17th century court dress, a large hat with four plumes labeled "American, French, German, [and] English," and a long cape that appears to be made from the title pages of pirated works of literature; and he is carrying two moneybags. Authors from "America, Germany, France, [and] England" form a half-circle behind him, including "Mark Twain, C. D. Warner, G. W. Cable, E. C. Stedman, F. Brete Hart [i.e., Bret Harte], J. Hay, O. W. Holmes, F. R. Stockton, J. G. Whittier, T. B. Aldrich, W. D. Howells, J. R. Lowell, Heyse, Ebers, Scheffel, Zola, Sardou, A. Daudet, Jules Verne, Gilbert, Browning, Burnard, Hughes, Tennyson, [and] W. Collins." Some hold papers labeled "James Payn, Louis Carroll, Thomas Hardy, [and] R. L. Stevenson." They are accusing the man of illegally publishing their work without compensating them, while the man maintains that he has a legal right to publish their books. There is a jack-in-the-box labeled "The Hugh Conway Posthumous Producer." The jack holds a knife in one hand and a gun in the other. Includes choruses "of British Authors...French Victims...German and other Sufferers, [and] Humble American Authors."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Copyright, International; Copyright infringement; Authors, American; Authors, English; Authors, French; Authors, German; Publishers and publishing; Jack-in-the-box

Date: 1886-02-24

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to M. Lafotellerie and L. Weiller

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President Roosevelt was pleased to meet Lafotellerie and Weiller, and encloses two photographs for them. He asks them to pay his regards to Mr. Leroy Beaulieu.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Photographs; Authors, French--Books and reading

Date: 1902-03-08

Letter from Brander Matthews to Theodore Roosevelt

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Brander Matthews writes to his friend President Theodore Roosevelt that he has received books recently on Japan and the Orient, written by a "clever and clear" French writer with a traveling scholarship who writes without bias. With his only child off to university, the Matthews household is lonely. It was good of Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt to send flowers from the White House conservatory. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Authors, French; Flowers; Only child; College students--Family relationships; Books and reading; Japan; Asia--Orient; Washington (D.C.)--White House Gardens; White House (Washington, D.C.)

Date: 1906-05-16

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Paul Sabatier

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As a descendent of French Huegonots, Edith Roosevelt reads contemporary French works and was so impressed by Paul Sabatier's letter to Professor Vittorio Falcinelli, she shared it with her husband. Theodore Roosevelt tells Sabatier he also agrees with him, and he strongly believes in righteousness before peace, for those who emphasize pacifism over righteousness are fools.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: World War (1914-1918); Pacifism; Preparedness; Military readiness; Authors, French; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948

Date: 1915-03-13

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