SIR ARTHUR BRYANT
Historian and biographer Sir Arthur Bryant signed this letter, typed
on his personalized letterhead in 1962, to apologize to an autograph hunter for
not replying earlier.
Typed letter signed "Arthur Bryant" in blue ink. 1 page, 8x7,
on Bryant's personalized letterhead. June 15, 1962. Addressed to S.
Booth, Esq., Burnage, Manchester, England. In full: "Dear Mr. Booth, I am
so sorry not to have answered your letter before, but I have been desperately
busy. Here is my reply and my signature. Yours sincerely,". British historian
and biographer Bryant (1899-1975) is probably best known for his
three-volume biography of Samuel Pepys (The Man in the Making,1933;
The Years of Peril, 1935; The Saviour of the Navy, 1938) and for
the epic (and crowd-pleasing) style of his histories. Bryant was a
bestselling author in his time, although his popularity has waned
somewhat since his death. He wrote his first book in 1929, A Spirit of
Conservatism, but didn't score a bestseller until 1931's King Charles the
Second. His publishing career continued into the 1980s and included a
three-volume history of England begun during World War II (The Years of
Endurance, 1793-1802, 1942; Years of Victory 1802-1815, 1944; The
Age of Elegance, 1812-1822, 1950) and of England during World War II (The
Battle of Britain, The Few, 1944), a history of the United States (The
American Ideal, 1936) and biographies of British royalty, military
commanders and politicians. Bryant was knighted in 1954. Lightly
soiled and creased. Folded in half vertically and twice horizontally and
unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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