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    Autograph Letter from Prison Signed by Tennis Great Bill Tilden. Three pages, two-sided in pencil, 8vo, Saugus, CA, September 14, 1949. Although Bill Tilden's skill and talent as a world-class tennis player was exceptional, his personal life was a bit less impressive; he was arrested and jailed twice for homosexual encounters with underage boys. While in prison, he wrote regularly to Mrs. Marrion Anderson and her son Arthur ("Bratto"), a young tennis player that Tilden took on as a protégé and pupil. In this chatty letter, Tilden discusses international tennis news, reminds his protégé to follow certain of his tips on the game, and mentions several times that he awaits anxiously for letters and visits. Accompanied by original transmittal envelope. Envelope and letter are both very fine.

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