Letter to Mabel Dodge from Mina Loy: Ca. 1914

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Title

Letter to Mabel Dodge from Mina Loy: Ca. 1914

Subject

Sex, Gender, Marriage, and the New Woman

Description

Dodge supports Loy in multiple ways throughout Loy’s artistic career, which is important because it illustrates the importance of a patroness in allowing an artist to produce. However, in Loy and Dodge’s relationship, Dodge takes on a role more active than a patroness in that she inspires Loy. In her correspondence with Loy, Dodge supports her on an emotional and artistic level. This particular letter is particularly interesting to examine because it illustrates limiting factors for women in the early 20th century. Loy laments that “there’s no one to take my children,” and therefore she cannot go attend an art show with Dodge. To be a mother constrains Loy’s ability to participate fully in Bohemia. In contrast, Dodge is able to exercise more agency in her life because she is wealthy enough to send her child to boarding school and essentially escape the role of a mother. Dodge would eventually arrange for Loy to come stay in New York with Wallace Stevens and assist her in gaining notoriety through the Armory show (Staples). By arranging the connection between Loy and Stevens, Dodge was able to use her liberated role to promote an artist who faced more economic and social constraints than herself.

Loy, Mina. Letter to Mabel Dodge. 1914. MS. Mabel Dodge Luhan Collection.
Beinecke Library, New Haven.
Staples, Sherley, and American Studies Department. "The Part Played by Women."
The International Armory Show. Ed. American Studies Program at the
University of Virginia. University of Virginia, May 2001. Web. 8 June 2016.

Creator

Mina Loy

Source

Mabel Dodge Luhan Collection

Publisher

Beinecke Library

Date

1914

Contributor

Mabel Dodge

Rights

Mabel Dodge Luhan Collection

Format

Image of letter

Language

English

Type

Correspondence

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Text

Letter to Mabel Dodge from Mina Loy declining invitation
1914
My dearest Moose—
I was very glad to hear from you But I am sorry not to be able to make any plan on the basis you have so kindly though on for me—at present there’s no one who will take my children. The Nurse refuses to stay with them if I go away—also I have promised my services in the Croce Rosa if Italy goes to war which we are all expecting and have with some work at surgical hospitals.
With Lots of Love and Always yours
Doose
Loy, Mina. Letter to Mabel Dodge. 1914. MS. Mabel Dodge Luhan Collection.
Beinecke Library, New Haven.

Original Format

Written Letter