3 ALsS, 6pp, 12mo, 23 May 1906 - 13 Feb. 1909; to Mr. Archibald Marshall.

NORRIS, W.E.

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3 autograph letters signed, 6pp, 12mo, on printed letterheads (one embossed with a crest depicting a phoenix or a crane feeding its young; one on mourning paper), Bellair, Torquay, 23 May 1906, 13 February 1907, and 5 March 1908. To Archibald Marshall, thanking him for sending copies of "Exton Manor" and "Richard Baldock." Norris praises the books, and says of the contemporary state of the novel: "Successes in the way of fiction don't seem to be very numerous just now; but the conditions, in this transition period, are difficult and cramping. Possibly they may become less so when the tedious fight between the 'Times' and other publishers has come to an end, one way or another." Slight foxing to two of the letters, else very good.

William Edward Norris (1847-1925); prolific English novelist, friend of Henry James. Wolff collected 42 titles by Norris, describing him as an "almost forgotten novelist who had a real power to depict fashionable people and their often serious predicaments." Archibald Marshall (1866-1934); English novelist, short story writer. (Item ID: 7679)



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