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Henry James

 

I walked over to your wonderful retreat one afternoon . . . .

I had with me no cards, but begged I shld. be mentioned to you . . . .”

Henry James, OM, 1843-1916.  American and British author.  Autographed Letter Signed, Henry James, three pages (front and back of front leaf and front of attached integral leaf), 4½” x 7”, Lamb House, Rye, Sussex, September 12, 1907.

James invites “Mr. Marshall” to join him and another friend for lunch.  In full:  “Our friend J. B. Piaker comes down on Saturday next to spend Sunday with me, & it would give me great pleasure if you should be able to come down to luncheon with us at 1.45 on the latter day.  That is if you are in residence.  I walked over to your wonderful retreat one afternoon two or three weeks ago & you were absent, I learned.  I had with me no cards, but begged I shld. be mentioned to you, & to Mrs. Marshall, as yours very truly . . .”

The American-born James was regarded as one of the leading figures in 19th-century literary realism.  He insisted that literature be realistic—and that good novels should be interesting and show life in action.  He brought a new depth to narrative fiction through his use of point of view, interior monologue, and possibly unreliable narrators.  Among his masterpieces were Daisy Miller (1879) and The Portrait of a Lady (1881).

James split time between the United States and Europe until he settled in England for good about age 20.  He became a British citizen in 1915, a year before his death.

This is a very nice letter, boldly written in black fountain pen in James’s distinctive hand.  The letter has one horizontal mailing fold, which does not affect the signature, and a few scattered spots.  Overall it is in fine condition.

Unframed.

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