2 autograph letters signed, 2 1/2pp, to Malcolm Watson.

FARJEON, B.L.

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2 autograph letters signed, 2 1/2pp, 8vo, 11 Lancaster Road, Belsize Park, one letter dated 26 July 1900. Both letters are to Malcolm Watson (Drama critic of The Daily Telegraph), and the first one reads: "Harry has been very busy on the accompanying couple of numbers and your libretto would have been sent earlier. We go into the country on Saturday morning. . . . Upon our return to London some time in September, we hope you will come and spend a Sunday evening with us when we can chat and smoke and the canakin clink and also play the merry knife and fork.'' In the second letter Farjeon writes: "Enclosed a few type-written jottings about Harry's opera which I can say you will lick into appreciative shape for your Thursday's column. All in the Academy speak of it in the highest terms.'' Somewhat dust-soiled, but 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: 5309)



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