KATHERINE MAYO AUTOGRAPH


Katherine Mayo was born in 1867 in Ridgway, Pennsylvania.   Katherine Mayo traveled the world with her heiress friend, researching for her books. As a social historian, she wrote books on what she felt were important issues, like the lack of a state police force in New York in Justice for All, and the question of India’s independence in Mother India. Mayo died in 1940.  Her first work was published in Life magazine in 1892.  She also collected indigenous people’s relics and insects to sell to institutions.  In 1910, Mayo also met M. Moyca Newell, a wealthy heiress. The two became life-long friends, with Newell providing the money necessary for Mayo’s writing projects. The two women traveled the globe to research the facts for Mayo’s reform books. Mayo began her first social reform book, Justice For All, in 1913 when a paymaster was murdered on Newell’s estate in Bedford Hills, New York. The book was published in 1917, and was a historical look at the Pennsylvania State Police.  Mayo had gone to the Philippines with Newell to research, and the book illustrated her opposition to the independence of the islands. This book set the tone for her most famous work, Mother India.  While Mayo’s research was done first hand, by interviews with officials and reviews of debates from the legislature, many authors suggested that because she was not part of the culture she could not completely understand the system. Furthermore, she was accused of painting India in a bad light, and then not providing a truly viable solution to the problem. Despite the criticism, however, the minimum age for marriage was raised to 14 for girls and 18 for boys after the release of her book. Mayo’s next three books Slaves of the Gods (1929), Volume II (1931), and The Face of Mother India (1935) never achieved the fame of her original book on India. She also wrote two other books before her death Soldiers What Next! (1934) discussed American volunteers, and General Washington’s Dilemma about the Revolutionary War. However, after the release of Mother India, Mayo’s other books were overlooked. Mayo died in Newell’s home in 1940 after a long disease. She continued her work even to her deathbed, and was working on a book on the international narcotics trade when she finally succumbed. Original Katherine Mayo Autograph, signed on Cut Card Stock. Approx. Size 3 1/8 x 5 inches. Regular Price – $ 85.00 / Sale Price – $ 48.00.

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