GILBERT PATTEN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/08/1930 - HFSID 18589
GILBERT PATTEN He signs a typed 1930 letter to a fan, clarifying his use of the pen name Burt L. Standish. Typed Letter signed: "Gilbert Patten", 1 page, 7x5. Hudson View Gardens, New York City, 1930 May 8. To "Dear Willie Millstein", in full: "Gilbert Patten is my right name.
Sale Price $288.00
He signs a typed 1930 letter to a fan, clarifying his use of the pen name Burt L. Standish.
Typed Letter signed: "Gilbert Patten", 1 page, 7x5. Hudson View Gardens, New York City, 1930 May 8. To "Dear Willie Millstein", in full: "Gilbert Patten is my right name. 'Burt L. Standish' is my pen name. At the present time, all my work is appearing under the name of Standish in the Top-Notch Magazine. My new three-part serial of speed boat racing with [sic] begin in Top Notch soon. The first installment will be on the news stands either June 1 or June 15. I'm not sure which date will see it on sale. With kindest regards, Sincerely yours'. Gilbert Patten (1866-1945), an author of dime novels, is best remembered for creating the character Frank Merriwell, a sterling character and multi-sport athlete at Yale, who solved crimes in his spare time. Patten published his first "dime novel," The Diamond Sport, in 1886, and his first Merriwell story 10 years later. He also wrote in other genres under other pen names, including Westerns as Wyoming Bill and science fiction as Emerson Bell. His books were enormously popular; 500 million were in print! For twenty years, Patten wrote a 20,000-word Frank Merriwell story each week for Smith & Street, receiving only $150 per book and no royalties. In 1927 he broke with Smith & Street, publishing Frank Merriwell stories on his own (with the help now of ghost writers), and advising on the comic books and radio series starring Frank and his brother Dick. Slightly toned and faded. Mailing folds. Glue residue on verso from previous mounting (no show-through). Otherwise, fine condition.
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