Georgia O’Keeffe was an avid reader and had libraries in both her Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu homes. We are often asked about the titles in her collections, and it never fails that we hear a “I have that book!” or an “I’ve read that one!” as people discover the books they have in common with the artist. Viewing someone’s personal library provides insight into their life, and this is especially so in the case of such an iconic woman.
This week I came across titles that made me smile with nostalgia. Have you read any of these?
Travers, P.L. Mary Poppins Opens the Door. New York: Reynal & Hitchock, 1943.
Inscribed: “For Georgia O’Keefe – Something to read at night – P.L. Travers, July 44”
Biance, Margery Williams. The Velveteen Rabbit. Mount Vernon, N.Y.: Press of A. Colish, 1974. The Ghost Ranch Library holds two copies from a fifteen hundred special edition run that were printed for “friends of the Press of A. Colish” in a format planned by Bert Clarke and with illustrations specially commissioned by Marie Angel.
Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women: Or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. New York: Crowell, 1955.
Burnford, Sheila. The Incredible Journey. Boston: Little, Brown, 1961.