Frederick Jackson postcard to Mrs. H. E. Poole

Biographical and Historical Notes

Frederick Jackson (1906-1971)

Frederick Jackson (1906-1971) was a weaver of braided rugs and a dealer of antiques in Malaga, New Jersey. As the younger brother of novelist Charles Jackson, the author of The Lost Weekend, Frederick Jackson was the inspiration for the character Wick in that novel.

Sources

Jackson, Charles. The Sunnier Side: Arcadian Tales. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 1996.

Ruth Baron Honsberger Poole

Ruth Baron Honsberger (Mrs. H. E.) Poole was a friend of the grandparents of American composer and author Paul Bowles. Mrs. Honsberger had a home in Glenora, New York, as did the Bowles family. Mrs. Honsberger provided the financial backing for Paul Bowles's first trip to Europe, which was at the beginning of his creative career.

Sources

Biographical information about Mrs. Poole derived from Kae MacDermid Andrew, e-mail messages to Rebecca Johnson Melvin, June 1 and June 9, 2010.

Scope and Content Note

Frederick Jackson, brother of American novelist Charles Jackson, wrote this postcard to Mrs. H. E. Poole of Glenora, New York, to convey greetings from American composer and author Paul Bowles, whom Jackson had just seen at a Tennessee Williams play in Philadelphia.

Frederick Jackson and Mrs. H. E. Poole were both acquaintances of Bowles. In his postcard Jackson wrote that he ran into Bowles in Philadelphia at a performance of Tennessee Williams's play, Sweet Bird of Youth, for which Bowles had composed the music. Jackson noted that it was fun seeing Bowles and that Bowles inquired after Mrs. Poole.