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    H. G. Wells Writes a "Fan" Letter to
    Fellow Author Edward Gaitens

    H. G. Wells Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages on Wells' stationery note paper, 7 x 4.5 inches, Regent's Park, July 8, 1942. Wells writes: "Dear Mr. Gaitens This is a letter you may think impertinent from an old wart who made his reputation in an unfairly [?] easier world than yours. But I think that all your stories in Growing Up [published by Jonathan Cape in 1942] are tremendously good and one or two - I am weighing my words - as sheerly [?] beautiful as anything in English literature. I've never heard your name before. Did you originate in Glasgow & what on Earth made you? I think [overleaf] you ought to be translated into Russian as soon as possible. Its this very language that could convey you beautifully [?]. I think that some to all of the stories might be published separately [inserted above the sentence] in the little leaflets [?] they issue now [inserted above the sentence] in America. I hope your stuff is not held [?] up by some selfish publisher agreement. Yours most respectfully H. G. Wells". One horizontal crease, a few vertical creases, some thumbsoiling and ink smudging (not affecting legibility), two tiny holes at upper margin. Very good.
    Edward Gaitens (1897-1966) was a Scottish writer, known for two books, Growing Up, and Dance of the Apprentices, as well as numerous socially progressive articles or short stories. This is how he attracted the attention of H. G. Wells, and the two eventually became friends.
    From the Larry McMurtry Collection of H. G. Wells.

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