Alma Gilbert-Smith’s most important manuscript, the result of three years research, is now available for shipping as of April 2013.

Address all orders to:  ALMA GILBERT BOOKS,  2275 West 25th Street, #38, San Pedro, CA 90732. Price is $39.95, plus $4.95 postage.  California addresses require an additional $3.60 for sales tax. Copies will be signed by Alma Gilbert upon request.

Softcover first edition. 200 pages. More than 95 color and black & white illustrations,  complete with beautiful full color photographs of Parrish’s property, the local landscape, and of the major paintings he completed during a five-year period when he was under the spell of a beautiful young woman.

The book is based on 323 previously unknown hand-written letters that the artist wrote during the years of 1936 to 1941 to a young, intellectual and beautiful woman whom he fell madly in love with late in his career. The identity of this woman has never appeared in the Parrish family papers, and is disclosed for the first time ever.

The letters are romantic, poetic, and full of the descriptive beauty of the surroundings, as well as depicting life as it happened in the Cornish Colony of New Hampshire where Parrish lived and worked. The letters are tied to the historic happenings not only in Parrish’s personal life, but also to momentous local and world events, such as the great New England Hurricane of 1938, the outbreak of World War II in 1939, and Franklin Roosevelt’s historic 1940 third term reelection.

Comments and praise for the book are now coming in. One of the most interesting comments is from James B. Atkinson, retired professor of English and Comparative Literature (at several notable colleges, Dartmouth College included), and long-time President of the Cornish (NH) Historical Society. Here’s what he had to say:

“Clearly (Parrish’s) artistic ability included prose.  The letter around the 15h of May, 1938, certainly substantiate that.  To think that people alive during my lifetime could write such prose, harking back to a language of the great English poets of the nineteenth century amazes me.  The letter to Nancy Roelker shows a side of him that needs to be more widely known; your book does that.”

And from our friend, Lonnie Dunbier, founder and past President of AskART, the definitive internet search engine for all things related to the world of fine art:

“Not sure when I have felt such empathetic passion and tension for two people as I did when reading this book of the Maxfield Parrish letters to his forty-years younger lover, Nancy. She, a woman later of great professional success and unmarried, kept these letters as treasures in a special hidden place. They came into possession of the author because her family thought Alma Gilbert Smith would do them justice. And she did. With skillful handling of format and non-invasive editorial comment, Alma Gilbert Smith lets this beautiful story speak for itself. For me, mystery and deep emotions remain as I ponder the irrationality of the relationship and the pervasive mystery of what she wrote to him. A voyeur decades later, I just kept turning those pages……..”


The second edition of  her classic visualization of Parrish as a “The Mechanic Who Loved To Paint”.

Soft cover. 91 pages. More than 85 color and B&W illustrations.


A new and revised second edition of Alma Gilbert’s fascinating description of the untold side of Maxfield Parrish’s mechanical abilities and of his love of machinery, containing 56 illustrations now in full color, plus new images of the restoration of the 1933 DuPont Mural panels. This new edition retains the transcription of the acclaimed oral interview with Parrish’s neighbor and lifelong friend Luther Kent, along with archival black and white illustrations of the historic interiors of the Parrish home, The Oaks, and the interiors of his famed machine shop.

To order a signed copy of the book, send a check or money order made out to Alma Gilbert Books for $20.00 plus $3.95 postage. California addresses require $1.80 additional for sales tax. Mail to 2275 West 25th Street, #38, San Pedro, CA 90732


Alma Gilbert has completely rewritten her beloved book “A Treasury of Art and Children’s Literature”. Freshly complied by her are 14  children’s poems and 17 classic fairy tales. Also included are a short biography of Maxfield Parrish, the Author’s own notes on how she came to write the book, and her background notes on the illustrations.


The magic of each poem or fairy tale is illustrated by a full color image of  the painting which Maxfield Parrish created specifically for each one. This book can be enjoyed by both children as they hear it read to them for the first time, as well as by adults while remembering the joy of reading these stories and poems in earlier years. Published in soft cover format with 98 pages.

To order a signed copy of the book, send a check or money order made out to Alma Gilbert Books for $20.00 plus $3.95 postage. California addresses require $1.80 additional for sales tax.  Mail to 2275 West 25th Street, #38, San Pedro, CA 90732


   Maxfield Parrish:  The Masterworks, First Edition
   Maxfield Parrish:  The Masterworks, Second Edition
   Maxfield Parrish:  The Masterworks: Third Edition
   The Make Believe World of Maxfield Parrish and Sue Lewin
   Maxfield Parrish:  The Mechanic Who Loved to Paint
   The Maxfield Parrish Poster Book, Volume 1
   The Maxfield Parrish Poster Book, Volume 2
   Maxfield Parrish:  The Landscapes
   Maxfield Parrish:  Master of Make-Believe
   Parrish and Photography
   A Treasury of Art and Children’s Literature
   Knave of Hearts Illustrations and Text
   A Cornish Colony Book of Days
   A Place of Beauty: The Artists and Gardens of the Cornish Colony



  1. “Daybreak” hangs in my dining room. I didn’t know much about it aside from that I just loved it. A friend lent me your “The Make Believe World of Maxfield Parrish and Sue Lewin” which I just finished it in one sitting. Thank you for sharing this beautifully told story. It adds a whole new dimension to a print that I had already loved.

    • Carolyn: If you like the Make Believe World, you will LOVE my new book: Maxfield Parrish: The Secret Letters. It’s just out. You can get it through Amazon or through me directly for a signed copy by e-mailing
      me at Thanks for the kind words! AGS

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