Autograph letter signed, 2 1/4pp, 5 May 1896. To Greenbough Smith.

PEMBERTON, MAX

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Autograph letter signed, 2 1/4pp, 8vo, on printed letterhead of 1, Aberdare Gardens, West Hampstead, 5 May 1896. To the publisher Greenhough Smith, on an unspecified work in progress: "I will reduce it most willing . . . though I strive always to tell my stories so directly that reduction is always a little difficult. . . . I can cut the end a good deal; and I will make it my endeavour to keep future stories rather short. . . . [I]t should not be forestalled. I heard . . . that a man was handing round . . . articles on old Paris. . . . [H]e confesses unblushingly that he took the idea from my fiction. It seems to me therefore that if you have definitely concluded to have these stories, the date of production is immaterial provided you cover yourself by some preliminary announcement which will make it quite clear that we are first in the field. . . . [T]he things I mention are articles not stories & therefore they only clash in so far as they speak of old Paris. Nor have I yet heard that they are accepted. . . ." Tape stains and with some soiling; remains of glue from prior mounting on (blank) verso; else good.

Max Pemberton (1963-1950); prolific English novelist. His "high spot" novel, The Iron Pirate, is a late Victorian classic. (Item ID: 20929)



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