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    W. Somerset Maugham. Two Autograph Letters Signed, and One Typed Letter Signed, To a Magazine Editor. Three somewhat cranky and world-weary letters from Maugham to an editor of an unnamed magazine who has repeatedly, and without success, solicited articles from Maugham. All letters circa 1941. All in fine condition.

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    Three letters from Maugham to a Mr. Shipley, who appears to be an editor for an unnamed magazine who has repeatedly solicited articles from Maugham, including: Autograph Letter Signed, dated April 29 [1941], on Parkers Ferry, Yemasee, South Carolina stationery. [and:] Typed Letter Signed, dated May 30 [1941], on Ritz-Carlton Hotel, New York notepaper. [and:] Autograph Letter Signed, dated June 17 [year unknown], on Barberrys, Oyster Bay, New York stationery. All are in fine condition, with the usual folds.


    Mr. Shipley was quite persistent in his quest to have Maugham write for his publication and does not seem to have been deterred by Maugham's obvious disinterest which is evident in each letter:


    "Thank you, but I am a very old party, none too well, & harassed by private & personal trouble. I'm afraid I can't write such an article as you suggest."


    "I wish I could suggest writing something for you, but to tell you the truth I cannot think of a subject that would be of the least interest to your readers and that I have not already discoursed upon ad nauseum."


    "No, I'm afraid I can't write the sort of article you suggest. It's a good idea, but difficult to do & needing care & thought. I am booked up with one thing & another that I have to do, & I don't want to do anything else; I have to rest & rest & rest."


    From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

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