Editorial writer and reviewer of books, George Merriam Hyde (1865-1899) was born in Middlesbury, Vermont, on February 26, 1865. His father, Professor James T. Hyde, taught at the Chicago Theological Seminary. After preliminary schooling in Chicago public schools, George M. Hyde received an A.M. from Amherst in 1888. He then pursued post-graduate and theological training at Yale University. From 1891 to 1892, he traveled in Europe. George M. Hyde began his career as an English literature teacher in Minneapolis High School from 1892 to 1896. On January 11, 1899, he married Violet McDougall Buel, daughter of Colonel D. H. Buel, U.S. Army. Hyde lived and worked in New York City until his death in 1899. He was an editorial writer for "The Commercial Advertiser." In addition, Hyde authored many essays in "Bookman," "Book Buyer," and newspapers. Nearly all of the letters in this collection were addressed to him in New York City, mostly by writers from there. The letters mention many periodicals, including "Book Buyer," "Bookman," "Critic," "Harper's Weekly," "Musical Courier," the "New York Times," and the "New York Tribune." Source: "Who Was Who in America. Volume 1: 1897-1942." Chicago: Marquis, 1968, p. 615.