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Cable answers a letter requesting an autograph
Autograph Letter Signed: "Geo. W. Cable", 1p. 5¾x9, Chicago, Illinois, 1886 April 16, The Grand Pacific Hotel letterhead, to Mrs. Henry G. Allen. In full: Dear Madam: In reply to your letter of 13th wist asking for my autograph I send this, begging you to pardon much preoccupation and haste. Yours truly" George Washington Cable (1844-1879) was a journalist turned novelist who set his stories in his native New Orleans, especially the Creole community there. Although he had served in the Confederate army, his novels showed strong sympathy for the plight of African-Americans, and he wrote essays supporting civil rights. His friend Mark Twain, with whom he shared a lecture tour, called him "the South's finest literary genius" and praised Cable as a writer and as the person with whom to tour New Orleans. His realistic portrayals of southern life, as influenced by its history, foreshadow twentieth century authors like William Faulkner. Normal mailing folds. Adhesive and paper residue (previous mounting) on verso - show through at top left corner and lower right corner - also missing ¼ of corner material. Lightly creased and toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: October 12, 1844 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: January 31, 1925 in St Petersburg, Florida

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