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    W. Somerset Maugham. One Autograph Letter Signed and Two Autograph Notes Signed, To Writer Douglas Ainslie. All items in fine condition.

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    One Autograph Letter Signed, dated August 6 [year unknown], on Grand Hotel de L'Europe, Salzburg stationery. [and:] Two Autograph Notes Signed, one dated Feb. 12 [year unknown] and one dated simply "Tuesday" [ year unknown], on small notecards provided by The Bath Club, London. All items in fine condition.


    Grant Duff Douglas Ainslie (1865-1948) was a Scottish poet, critic, and linguist who, as a young man, had traveled in the social circle that included Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, and Walter Pater. Maugham's correspondence with Ainslie is warm and friendly. In the letter dated August 6, he writes, in part: "It is very good of you to suggest that I should collaborate with you on your play, but I am afraid I should not have time to do anything that could be of the least use to you. I am under commission to write two plays before the end of next April, & I have not yet written a word of either. I have come to the conclusion that I hate work, but when I do bring myself to set about it I must really do what I have signed horrible agreements for."

    From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

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