2 autograph letters signed,, 6 1/2pp, 22 March 1908 and 3 March 1909. To Cazenove.


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2 autograph letters signed 6 1/2pp, 8vo, on printed letterheads of 9, Dane Road, St Leonards on Sea, 22 March 1908 and 3 March 1909. Good literary letters written early in her prolific career (just following the publication of her first novel, The Tramping Methodist). To her agent, [C.F.] Cazenove: " . . . I have just received a prospectus & a letter from Fisher Unwin, the letter expressing his willingness to consider any MS. I may choose to send him. . . . I see from the prospectus . . . that the firm makes a specialite [sic] of first novels. . . . I was wondering if you would think it expedient to submit them my book for their 'First Novel Library'; it would not then stand so much on its own merits, nor would the fact of its being a first novel be against it."; and "[4 March 1909] I am glad you think it possible to place [the verses]. With regard to 'Chain Verse' -- I had originally called it 'A Chain of Poppies,' which suggested both the subject & the mechanism, but I did not care for it much. . . . I feel sure that Bell's offer is as good as I can expect, so please accept it for me. I shall certainly write no more historical novels for the present. . . . Mr. Bell said something to me about an American publisher making him an offer for 'The Tramping Methodist.'. . . I was wondering whether we might not offer 'Starbrace' to this publisher, in the event of Lippincott's returning it. . . . I should like it to come out before everyone has forgotten 'The Tramping Methodist,' as it would keep my name before the public, & might possibly help the sales of the first book." Stamped in purple ink with dates of receipt or reply; minor soiling; else 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: 20877)

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