Marie Manning papers
Scope and Contents
Dates of Materials
- Majority of material found within 1930-1945
- Manning, Marie (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Biographical / Historical
In 1896, Manning met Arthur Brisbane, Editor of the New York World, who invited her to move to New York and join the writing staff at a "space rate" salary of approximately $5 per week. Upon obtaining an exclusive interview with President Grover Cleveland, something he had refused to the "star reporters" of the day, Manning was promoted to permanent staff at a salary of $30 per week. When Brisbane took a job at the New York Evening Journal in 1898, at his invitation Manning did so as well. She worked with two other women in what was known as the "Hen Coop," creating the women's page.
One day in 1898, Brisbane brought to the "Hen Coop" three letters from readers seeking advice about personal problems, because he believed the women were most qualified to reply. In response, Manning suggested a new column, to be devoted exclusively to dispensing personal advice. Manning and Brisbane agreed that a pen name was in order, whereupon Manning suggested Beatrice Fairfax, after Dante's Beatrice and the Manning family's country place in Fairfax County, Virginia. "Dear Beatrice Fairfax" premiered on 20 July 1898 as the nation's first "advice to the lovelorn" column. It was an immediate success, and the Journal's offices were so inundated with letters that the Post Office soon refused to deliver them and the Journal had to retrieve them by its own means. The column was distinguished by frank, commonsense advice and came to be widely imitated nationwide. Despite the "Dear Beatrice Fairfax" column's enormous popularity, not to mention the considerable time, effort and intellectual discipline it took to write it, Manning's job remained low in pay and in status, and she eventually resigned.
In 1905, Manning married Herman Edward Gasch and returned to Washington where she lived for the rest of her life. While devoting most of her time to raising their two sons, Manning and Oliver, she continued to write in her own name, submitting short stories for publication in Harper's Monthly, Collins, Ladies' Home Journal, and Woman's Home Companion. Due to losses suffered in the stock market crash in 1929, Manning asked Arthur Brisbane for a job; he obliged and she again took up writing the "Dear Beatrice Fairfax" column, which by then had been syndicated. She wrote the column until she died on 28 November 1945.
In addition to the novel Lord Alingham, Bankrupt (1902) and short stories for the various magazines, Manning also published three other books: Judith of the Plains (1903), Personal Reply (1943), and Ladies Now and Then (1945).
16 boxes (5.75 linear feet)
- I. Biographical Material
- II. Correspondence
- III. Writings
- IV. Subject Files
- Oversize Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Advice columnists -- United States
- Courtship -- United States -- 20th century
- Female friendship
- Female friendship -- United States -- 20th century
- Gasch, The Honorable Oliver
- Halifax Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, Earl of, 1881-1959--Correspondence
- Housewives -- United States -- 20th century
- Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952--Correspondence
- Manning, Marie
- Marriage -- United States -- 20th century
- Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962--Correspondence
- Smith, Margaret Chase, 1897- --Correspondence
- Women authors
- Women authors, American -- 20th century
- Women journalists -- United States -- 20th century
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- Photographs
- Marie Manning papers
- Finding Aid
- Burd Schlessinger
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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