229. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED [ALS]. Lord Dunsany to Manuel Tarshish. December 13, 1946 [or 1948?].
Price: $550.00 USD
Edition: Original Handwritten Letter
Book Id: 310236
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED. Lord Dunsany to Manuel Tarshish. ALS. December 13, 1946 [1948?]. Four sides on white Dunsany Castle letterhead and two sides on blue Dunsany Castle letterhead. Three sheets folded horizontally. Postmarked envelope included. Light smudges and bleedthrough on the final blue sheet from Dunsany's signature. Dunsany writes this letter with "an atomic pen" returning to his usual quill for his signature at the end. He has received and read all of Tarshish's stories. He states that he has no advice to offer the beginning author and finds nothing to criticize in the other man's work. He likes them. Dunsany writes: "modern prose, because the prevalent modern misuse of nouns as tho' they were adjectives, unaided by hyphens, which when used at all are used wrongly, usually arouses my vehement criticism. Too many people write this sort of thing now — "Britain New York air line project arrangement scheme," & it is a great relief to read a writer, who like yourself, shows no sign of it." He goes on to credit Tarshish's ability to create atmosphere, comparing his work to that of O'Henry. He advises Tarshish in writing to satisfy himself first. "After that, it is very pleasant to please an editor, but this depends on chances of which I know little; for instance it may depend on the number of words: the number of the Beast is known to have been 666, but nobody knows the exact number of words that an editor will want on a particular occasion." He goes on about his on books: "As for my books, I'd better try to persuade a publisher to bring out a collected edition, & then people who may want to read them may be able to yeget them. The old editions are as scarce here as with you". Signed in full at end "Dunsany" in his distinctive quill pen.