Typed Letter Signed, to "Wm. Earl Hodgson Esq." Rudyard Kipling.

Typed Letter Signed, to "Wm. Earl Hodgson Esq.".

One page on plain paper, with the typed heading "THE ELMS | Rottingdean: Sussex | Oct. 24: 1900".

The text of this letter reads:

Dear Mr. Hodgson:-- In reply to yours of the 23rd, I do not know whether at present I have anything by me that would suit the Anglo-Saxon Review, but I sent the other day two stories to Mr. A.P. Watt, Hastings House, Norfolk Street, Strand, who manages my business, and it is possible that one or other of them may be suitable for your review. Very sincerely yours, [signed in ink] Rudyard Kipling

The Anglo-Saxon Review was a short-lived "quarterly miscellany," created and edited by Lady Randolph Churchill (her son Winston served as an advisor), published by John Lane in handsome leatherbound volumes with elaborate gilt tooling. Contributors included Henry James, Winston Churchill, George Gissing, and Stephen Crane (but apparently not Rudyard Kipling -- though he was "reviewed" on pp 244-245 of the first number). The subscription list included many from the wealthy, the nobility, even heads of state. But maybe it was all a bit too much -- for there were only ten quarterly issues, from June 1899 to September 1901 (with this letter falling roughly in the middle); while Lady Churchill was away on the hospital ship Maine during the Boer War, Sidney Low and Earl Hodgson managed publication.

The letter is in very good condition, with minor edge-wear and with a discreet tape-mend on the reverse side, where the letter was once folded; there is also a small name and address inked onto the rear side. Provenance: from the renowned three-generation Dodge Family Autograph Collection. Item #14454

Price: $575.00

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