A Garrett Park Archives moment 01.22.2019

A Garrett Park Archives moment

From a letter from Mrs. E. M. Riordan, dated 10/6/1966

“Many commuters went into the city on the morning train returning in the evening – The train was used for all transportation to the social affairs, etc., in the town (City)

“Temple Baily the authoress lived with her Father Captain Bailey in the summers – She borrowed (me) when I was three to spend the day while she was writing – She received a check for a story and My Father had the Post Office in the Station then – She danced around laughing and singing and ran up the path home singing “I sold my story”

Dad often recalled this – I spent many days with Miss Bailey and her father.”

Of course, Temple Bailey would go on to sell many novels. She had short stories published in all the leading magazines of her time. At the time of her death in 1953, it is estimated she had sold three million copies of her novels spanning the period from WW1 to WW2, and the New York Post placed her among the best paid writers in the world.


One thought on “A Garrett Park Archives moment 01.22.2019”

  1. Hi,It would be useful to know Mrs.Riordan’s maiden name.Temple Bailey lived in a few places, often returning in the summer since the social life picked up quite a bit. Her father had a home in the District from his time working as a lawyer to the railroad. We did a program on Temple Bailey and because her novel “The Dim Lantern” was a send-up on the Town but also described the Corby mansion, I have used it often in the past.The story Riordan relates is in the history as well.If we had someone interested in writing about Bailey there is plenty more to know. Her time in Hollywood and this focus on working woman in both WWl and WWll.She was chiclit, it’s true, but she tried to report on the changing role of work and marriage. She never tackles childhood about which she seems to have little curiosity. Marian

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