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GRANT ALLEN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 73459

He signs a typed letter, declining to accept credit for a literary innovation. Typed Letter signed: "Grant Allen", 1 page, 8x10. Haslemere (England), "Friday", n.y.

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GRANT ALLEN
He signs a typed letter, declining to accept credit for a literary innovation.
Typed Letter signed: "Grant Allen", 1 page, 8x10. Haslemere (England), "Friday", n.y. To "My dear Noble", in full: "Just one line to thank you most warmly for your kind and friendly letter to the Westminster. It was so good of you to think of it. For myself, I never for a moment meant to lay any claim; it was the W. G. that spoke first of new planets swinning into my ken. All I care for is that these really fine poets should be duly appreciated, but it was generous and good of you to take up the cudgels for me. I write in great haste, so kindly excuse brevity. Best regards to Essie and yourself. Nellie joins in all friendly messages. Yours very sincerely."Charles Grant Allen (1848-1899) was a Canadian-born British author whose nonfiction subjects ranged from botany - he was an early supporter of Darwin - to psychology to metaphysics. Between 1884 and his death, he also wrote 30 novels in a variety of genres. The Woman Who Did (1895) scandalized Victorians with its feminism, including opposition to conventional marriage. His The British Barbarians, a time travel novel was also published that year, the same year in which H. G. Wells wrote The Time Machine. A friend of Arthur Conan Doyle's, Allen also wrote several pieces of detective fiction. The "Nellie" in this letter was Allen's wife, Ellen Jerrard Allen, who he had married in 1873. Horizontal and vertical folds - just touching the "G" at signature. Creased. Soiled on verso with some show-through at fold creases. Otherwise, fine condition.

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