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    Group of Literary Agreements and Letters. A large group of approximately 50 contracts and letters from numerous mystery and crime novelists, including Mignon G. Eberhart (2), Leslie Charteris (10), Rex Stout (6), Mary R. Rinehart (1), Nicholas Freeling (1), Alfred E. van Vogt (1), Leo Bruce (1), Mary Kelly (2), Harley Howard Esq. (9), Lionel White (3), Ben Benson (2), Richard Hull (1), Nicholas Blake/Cecil Day Lewis (2), J.M. Flynn (1), Michael Gilbert (1), Lawrence Wilkinson (1), John Creasey (1), Frank Gruber (6), Georges Simenon (2), and Anthony Berkeley Cox (5 with 16 signed letters). The contracts are publishing agreements with the literary firm Livros do Brasil, dating from the 1950s through the 1970s, for the Portuguese translations of titles such as Eberhart's Never Look Back, Stout's The Black Mountain and Champagne for One, Rinehart's The Man in the Lower Ten, and numerous novels from Charteris' The Saint series.

    Many of the authors in this collection are notable in their own right. Mignon Eberhart had one of the longest mystery writing careers in American history, spanning almost sixty years. Nicholas Freeling won numerous awards for his writing, including the 1967 Edgar Award for Best Novel and France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. Mary Roberts Rinehart has been called the American Agatha Christie and is credited with being the source of the "The butler did it" trope. A wonderful group of documents that highlight a wide range of storytelling from some of the prominent mystery and crime novelists at the turn of the century and beyond.

    Condition: Ranging from good to very fine, with varying degrees of toning, creasing, chipping, and light soiling. The signatures are clear and bold.

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