E. M. ALMEDINGEN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/18/1962 - HFSID 72947
E. M. ALMEDINGEN Russian emigré writer, a literary success in England, requests a gift of paint from an autograph seeker. Autograph Letter signed: "E. M. Almedingen", 2p (front and verso), 8x10. Bath (England), 1962 August 18. On personal letterhead to "Dear Mr.
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E. M. ALMEDINGEN
Russian emigré writer, a literary success in England, requests a gift of paint from an autograph seeker.
Autograph Letter signed: "E. M. Almedingen", 2p (front and verso), 8x10. Bath (England), 1962 August 18. On personal letterhead to "Dear Mr. Gwynne-Hughes", in full: "In case you do not remember me - sometime last winter you wrote - asking for my autograph. I rather feel I'd like to share my good news with you. This time last year I did not know where I was going to live = the Shropshire house having got beyond my means, & all the little houses are to buy, never to let. Then - out of the blue - comes a miracle - a Jew from Somerset wrote - among other things - that if ever I needed a [1 world illegible], would I like a minute cottage of hers - free of rent! It was truly a miracle - and I haven't got over it yet. The cottage - structurally sound - does need a few things to be done - and I am writing back if you could possibly [1 world illegible] a mite for a pot of paint? I'd be most grateful if you could. I'd understand perfectly if you can't - and I hope you wil excuse my asking. Yours sincerely". Russian-born and educated E. M. Almedingen (1898-1971) was a lecturer in English and medieval history at Petrograd University before she fled to England in 1923. She wrote many children's and adult novels, most set in her native Russia. She also published poetry and works of history, including a history of the Romanov dynasty. She was named a fellow in the Royal Society of Literature (1951) and won the Book World Festival Award (1968). Evidently, literary success did not bring prosperity, as this letter indicates. Light corner creases. Bisecting vertical fold. Paperclip impression at top center. Otherwise, fine condition.
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