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    "If you want to write and have it in you to write no one can stop you."

    W. Somerset Maugham. Six Items, Including Three Autograph Letters Signed, Two Typed Letters Signed, and One Printed Page Annotated and Signed by Maugham, in Which He Offers His Philosophy and His Advice to Aspiring Writers. Included in this lot are: Autograph Letter Signed by Maugham on blue Villa Mauresque stationery, dated January 3 [1930], addressed to Mr. Foss. Signed "W. S. Maugham." One horizontal fold and one vertical fold. Two holes punched in left margin; pin holes in top left corner and small stain to top left portion of letter. Very good. Maugham thanks Mr. Foss for sending him a copy of his book: "I have only just this minute returned from the Levant & found your book & your charming little note. Thank you very much for both. I shall read the book very soon & write to you again." [and:] Autograph Letter Signed by Maugham on blue Villa Mauresque stationery, dated January 14 [1930], addressed to Mr. Foss. Signed "W. S. Maugham." Two-page letter. One horizontal fold and one vertical fold, and several other shallow creases. Pin holes and paper clip residue to top left corner. Paper toned at top right corner. Tip of bottom right corner torn away. Very good. Maugham continues his correspondence with the unknown author in which he generously praises and critiques Foss's novel: "I like novels that are vivacious & gay & easy to read; & yours is: I hate novels that are intense & drab & long winded; & yours isn't. [...] I think the love scene on the top of the bus quite delightful & living & true, & the father & mother admirable & true too. But then in fiction I have always preferred Shanks's pony to the wings of a dove." [and:] Autograph page proof from the story "The Alien Corn" that appeared in the short story collection East and West (1934) signed by Maugham, undated, addressed to "M." Signed "W. Somerset Maugham." Paper is heavily browned with creases and closed tears and a paper clip indentation; tipped to a slick, partially printed piece of card stock. Very good. On page 773, in the story about a young pianist, Maugham has written in the margins: "Resignation is not the right mood to accept at the age of twenty. Resignation reconciles one to failure. At twenty the possibility of failure should never enter one's mind. To look upon it as possible is to meet it half way." [and:] Typed Letter Signed by Maugham on printed Yemassee, South Carolina stationery, dated February 4, 1946, addressed to Peter in "Jerusalem, Palestine." Signed "W. S. Maugham." One horizontal fold, one vertical fold; paper very lightly toned at edges. With transmittal envelope. Fine. In response to a young writer who has asked advice from Maugham, Maugham writes, in part: " If you want to write and have it in you to write no one can stop you. [...] So my advice to you is to read as much as you can, to write what you fancy without any thought of publication and when you are through with school try to acquire as varied an experience as you can." [and:] Typed Letter Signed by Maugham on white Villa Mauresque stationery, dated April 2, 1964, addressed to Monsieur Jean Jour in Belgium. Signed "W. S. Maugham." One horizontal fold. With transmittal envelope. Fine. In this letter Maugham writes to Belgian poet Jean Jour to thank him for sending a copy of his new book, Les Matin Ivres: "I am leaving for Venice in a few days, I shall take your poems with me and look forward to reading them with very great pleasure." [and:] Typed Letter Signed by Maugham on white Villa Mauresque stationery, dated June 28th, 1965, addressed to Jean Jour in Belgium. Signed "W. S. Maugham." One horizontal fold. With transmittal envelope. Fine. Another letter to the Belgian poet thanking him for sending a copy of his newest book, Les Chiens Malades: "It was extremely kind of you to think of me. I look forward to reading it with very great pleasure. Once again so many thanks; I am much touched and pleased." From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

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