Max Nordau Praises the Juvenile Poetry of "E. Babette Deutsch" and Predicts an Exceptional Future

October 22, 1907

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Max Nordau Praises the Juvenile Poetry of "E. Babette Deutsch" and Predicts an Exceptional Future
Autograph Letter Signed
1 page | SMC 755

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      To the juvenile poetess “E. Babette Deutsch” in New York City, Nordau writes glowingly of her talent:

      I congratulate you to your rare and astonishingly precocious poetical attainments. "The bee" is certainly a fine piece of word painting, tasteful, charming, delicate and denoting a quite uncommon mastery of language.

      He wishes her “a full development” of her gifts which, he predicts, will certainly secure her “exceptional success.”

      If in fact, the juvenile poetess dropped the initial “E” and published her work, beginning in college, as “Babette Deutsch”, Nordau was absolutely on the mark. Babette Deutsch was a famous New York born Jewish-American poet, novelist, critic and translator.


      Autograph Letter Signed (“Dr. M. Nordau”), in English, 1 page, octavo, 8 rue Leonie, Paris, October 22, 1907. With integral address leaf, also signed.  To Miss E. Babette Deutsch in New York City.
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      8 rue Leonie, Paris, Oct
      22d 1907.

      My dear child,

      I congratulate you to [sic] your rare and astonishingly precocious poetical attainments. "The bee" is certainly a fine piece of word painting, tasteful, charming, delicate and denoting a quite uncommon mastery of language.  I wish you with all my heart a full development of your gifts which will certainly secure you exceptional success.

      Yours truly,

      DR. M. NORDAU.

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      Mademoiselle E. Babette Deutsch,
      124 East 78 Str.
      New York