2 ALsS and one APCS, 3pp, n.d. To James Knowles.

PHILLIPS, STEPHEN

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2 autograph letters signed and one autograph postcard signed, 3pp, 8vo and oblong 12mo, Ashford, Middlesex, n.d. To James Knowles, editor of "The Nineteenth Century", on literary matters and the birth of Phillips' son. One of the letters refers to casting for Phillips' play, "Paolo and Francesca": " Alexander now wants to play Giovanni so far as I can see. I hope he may, but where the deuce is Paolo? I shall greatly look forward to having a talk with you whenever you can arrange it." In the second letter Knowles is anxious ness about a forthcoming publication: "As the day approaches, I begin to feel rather nervous - I have so much to gain or lose. Would you, if it should come in your way, say a word to any Editors, etc. abou it? A word from you would go very far." In the postcard, Phillips reports: "A poet born to us this morning - Lyrical I should imagine. Many thanks for your kind letter. Reserve my defence ... It is, I am sorry to say, too late ... to alter anything important, but in second edition possibly." Some foxing and wear; the postcard a bit browned, otherwise in good state. From the collection of Clinton Krauss.

"Paolo and Francesca" appeared in book form in 1900 and had its London debut (at the St. James's Theatre) on 6 March 1902. (Item ID: 11402)



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