Autograph letter signed, 2pp, 1 Nov. 1920. To "Mr. Benjamin".

KAYE-SMITH, SHEILA

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Autograph letter signed, 2pp, 8vo, 9 Dane Road, St. Leonard on Sea, Sussex, 1 November 1920. To "Mr. Benjamin", politely declining his request for an article on "The Peasant of Yesterday & Tomorrow", writing: "I'm afraid the subject is quite beyond me -- I have little or no experience of article writing, & am particularly anxious not to pose as an authority on the peasant. I should be discredited at once if I should try. I am very fond of the country & of the peasant (if he has any longer a claim to such a title) as an individual & a human being, but nothing more. . . . Apart from my feeling of incapacity . . . I really feel I cannot take on any more work besides that which I am already struggling with. . . ." One-inch tear to right margin (no loss of paper), stain from a paper clip; else very good.

Sheila Kaye-Smith (1887-1956); prolific English novelist. "Sussex belongs to Sheila Kaye-Smith just as thoroughly as Wessex belongs to Thomas Hardy. In the words of Andrew Malone, she has made of it 'a special preserve which she has cultivated with great skill and assiduity'. . . . Love of land is the dominating theme in her novels, and next in prominence is a deep religious strain" (Kunitz & Haycraft). (Item ID: 16441)



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