Autograph letter signed, 2pp, 20 November 1892. To Loveday.

FARJEON, B.L.

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Autograph letter signed, 2pp, 8vo, 196 Adelaide Road, South Hampstead, 20 November 1892. To Loveday, consoling him on the death of his mother: "... though the loss you have sustained could not, in the course of nature, have been entirely unexpected, you will nevertheless miss the lovely presence which was so endeared to you .... It is a great many years since I saw her bright and kind face, but I can see it now, and have often in my mind associated it with that of my own dear mother ....'' Fileholes, otherwise in good condition.

Benjamin Leopold Farjeon (1838-1903); English novelist, author, dramatist, editor. In 1866 Farjeon published a successful tale of Australian life, "Grif," and a Christmas story, "Shadows on the Snows,'" which he dedicated to Charles Dickens. Encouraged by an appreciative letter from Dickens, he returned to England in 1868 and devoted the next thirty-five years of his life to novel-writing. The success of "Grif," which was republished in London (1870; new edit. 1885), was maintained in a series of sentimental Christmas stories, and in many conventional three-volume novels mainly treating of humble life such as Joshua Marvel (1871), London's Heart (1873), The Duchess of Rosemary Lane (1876) and Devlin the Barber (1888). In 1873 Farjeon sat with Charles Reade and others on a committee formed by John Hollingshead to amend the law so as to prevent the dramatisation of novels without their writers' assent. (Item ID: 1761)



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