Fanny Heaslip Lea (1883-1955) was born in New Orleans, Louisina. She graduated from Sophie Newcomb College, New Orleans in 1904 and then did two years of post-graduate work at Tulane. Lea married Hamilton Pope Agee in 1911 and they had one daughter, Anne Worthen.
Between 1906-1911, Lea worked as a journalist for New Orleans newspapers and also began to sell short stories during this period. She eventually gave up newspaper work and made writing her full-time profession. Her short stories appeared in Harper's and Collier's magazines and her romances were serialized in magazines, newspapers, and serials such as The Saturday Evening Post.
She also wrote essays, novels, plays, and poetry. At least three of her novels have been made into films.
The collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, and memorabilia.
Manuscripts are separated into categories by type (short-story, plays, etc.), and material is arranged alphabetically by title within each category.
Short story material includes drafts, corrected, and alternate versions.
Plays include different draft versions with revisions and outlines.
Poetry material contains over fifty different manuscript titles.
Book-length manuscripts contains draft chapters and fragments. Manuscript titles include the novel, Poison.
A miscellaneous section contains personal, business and fan mail correspondence, reviews, memorabilia including clippings and photographs, and proofs and cover design for Verses for Lovers.
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[Identification of item], Fanny Heaslip Lea papers, Coll 022, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.