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The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography$
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Anna Botsford Comstock and Karen Penders St. Clair

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501716270

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501716270.001.0001

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Editor’s Epilogue

Editor’s Epilogue

(p.485) Editor’s Epilogue
The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography

Anna Botsford Comstock

, Karen Penders St. Clair
Cornell University Press

This epilogue focuses on the last two years of Anna Botsford and John Henry Comstock's lives. The summer after their return from Mentone, Mrs. Comstock amended her will, on July 2, 1926, to bequeath some special provisions to family friend William A. Slingerland, then Comstock Publishing Company (CPC) manager. The CPC was slated for reorganization in 1928, as part of the specifications from Professor Comstock's will, and Mrs. Comstock began making her preparations early to ensure Slingerland's success in the future. Almost one month after the amendment to Mrs. Comstock's will, in the late summer of 1926, Professor Comstock suffered his first paralytic shock. The epilogue then details the CPC scandal brought about by Slingerland. However, it was not until after Mr. Comstock's death in February of 1931 that Slingerland was dissolved of any association with CPC. Meanwhile, Mrs. Comstock taught her last course at Cornell University in the summer of 1930; she died on August 24 in her home.

Keywords:   Anna Botsford Comstock, John Henry Comstock, William A. Slingerland, Comstock Publishing Company, Cornell University

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