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    A Large Collection of H. G. Wells Signed Letters and Notes

    H. G. Wells. Collection of Autograph Letters or Notes Signed, and Two Typed Letters Signed. [Various places, including Easton Glebe, Dunmow, 4 Whitehall Court, 47 Chiltern Court, 13 Hanover Terrace, Spade House Sandgate]: 1901-1943. Twenty six autographs letters or notes signed, several with multiple pages each. Octavo and twelvemo sheets. Various sizes, approximately 9 x 7 to 3.5 x 4.5 inches. Letters and notes to various correspondents, including Enid May Nisbet (the daughter of a good friend of Wells' who became a close friend and confidant of Wells), C. K. Ogden (a prominent British writer and linguist) Frank Harris (Irish-born writer, and Wells' editor at the Saturday Review), Sir Gerald Kelly (British portrait painter) and his friends C. F. G. and Lucy Masterman, and a few others. Generally good or better.

    The letter to Harris (Spade House, Sandgate, 10-VII-03) is a good-natured, yet incisive criticism of Harris' play, Shakespeare and His Love, and some of Harris' short stories ("All these things are of course of first rate quality but for all of them I've a certain amount of fault finding. The Shakespeare play is rather less dramatic than I expected..."). In the letters to the Mastermans, he defends his writing ("... I don't write about different ideas every few months. You cannot show that there has ever been any changes in my fundamental ideas except as the result of growth & development...") as well as his view on Christianity ("My theology has varied very little. I have tried in late years to identify certain comprehensive things with what some modern Christians call "God"...). He also gives them details about his wife's terminal illness, and writes a letter of sympathy to Lucy Masterman at the death of her husband. The letters and notes to Enid May Nisbet (most of the letters or notes in this collection are to her) seem to concern everyday occurrences. In one of his letters to C. K. Ogden, he discusses a translation of The Time Machine ("I don't know about the translation of the Time Machine except that I'll be glad to see it done."). Included in this collection are three typed letters signed by Wells' secretary (and daughter-in-law) Marjorie Wells about the rights of a new edition of The Time Machine, as well as an autograph letter signed by Wells' second wife [Amy] Catherine Wells, congratulating the Mastermans on having another child. This large and interesting collection is now housed in custom-built cloth clamshell case. From the John McLaughlin/Book Sail Collection.


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