3 ALsS, 6 1/2pp, 16 July 1912, 29 Nov. 1913, and 30 Jan. 1914. To Ada Leverson.

(LEVERSON, ADA) YOUNG, FILSON

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3 autograph letters signed, 6 1/2pp, 8vo, on blue printed letterhead of 53 Upper Brook Street: Park Lane W., 16 July 1912, 29 November 1913, and 30 January 1914. To Ada Leverson, discussing her writing: "[16 July 1912] I got your new book this afternoon, & have just finished it, at one long greedy draught; it is the literary iced cider . . . the only possible drink in this stuffy social and political weather. . . . I, who am conscious of a . . . tendency to use a sledgehammer to crack nuts with, can really appreciate your power to break wheels with butterflies. Do at once sit down & write another book making fun of everyone we know. To be able to be illustrated without being funny (which spoils it) is such a rare gift . . . . I wouldn't mind being a victim myself!"; "[29 Nov. 1913] [Y]ou . . . never fail to administer a golden spoonful of that confection which -- alas! -- none of us can quite do without. . . . I am in special need of it just now as I've been told that my work for the 'Saturday,' which I have enjoyed doing, won't be required after the end of the year."; and "[30 Jan. 1914] I have read [your new book] with delight; as I think I can honestly say I read every word you write. You are such a craftswoman. . . . I admire, and wholeheartedly envy you." One letter a little foxed, and with some glue stains from prior mounting on blank verso; else very good.

Ada Leverson (1862-1933): English novelist, journalist, friend of Violet Hunt, Edith Sitwell, and Oscar Wilde (who nicknamed her "The Sphinx"). Filson Young (1876-1938); English photographer and author. (Item ID: 19016)


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