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George Barr McCutcheon (1866-1928) was an American novelist best known for his works Graustark and Brewster’s Millions. The latter was adapted into a play and several films.

The collection contains a holograph manuscript of his short story, “Courage,” written in pencil. It consists of eight leaves and contains McCutcheon's edits. The story concerns a wounded World War I soldier recalling his battle experiences while recuperating in a French military hospital. The last page is signed and dated December 23, 1917; however, a note at the beginning of the story says it was started December 20, 1916 and completed December 22. A typescript of the original story is included, along with a letter from McCutcheon to Jas. H. Manning of Albany, NY regarding the donation of this manuscript to his collection.