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HALL (THOMAS HENRY HALL) CAINE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/16/1918 - HFSID 168518

THE VICTORIAN NOVELIST SENDS AN ELOQUENT EXPRESSION OF SYMPATHY   HALL CAINE. ALS: "Hall Caine", 2p, 5¾x7¾, conjoined leaves. Heath Brow, Hampstead Heath, 1918 March 16. On his personal embossed letterhead to "Dear Lady Alexander

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THE VICTORIAN NOVELIST SENDS AN ELOQUENT EXPRESSION OF SYMPATHY
 
HALL CAINE.
ALS: "Hall Caine", 2p, 5¾x7¾, conjoined leaves. Heath Brow, Hampstead Heath, 1918 March 16. On his personal embossed letterhead to "Dear Lady Alexander". In full: "We are both deeply distressed, & the first words I write this morning must be to say how utterly we sympathize with you in the [illegible] sorrow that can ever have fallen on you. It is easy to think that looking back over the years you had him with you, & the work & perhaps the struggle as well as the joy of your long comradeship, you will now feel as if his death, & the last parting, has taken all the light out of life, all the salt out success, all the just pride & pleasure out of [illegible]. But I hope time will partly heal that natural feeling, & memory will leave you very thankful that you had been so [illegible], & were with him to the end. No wife ever had a more loyal husband, & I remember with emotion that when he was showing me over your beautiful new home, he betrayed to me the fact that in building & designing it he had been thinking of you as you would be when perhaps he could be no longer with you. My wife joins with me in these poor expressions of our sympathy, to which we shall not expect you to reply. Yours very truly". In the year he wrote this letter, Caine, on the recommendation of Prime Minister Lloyd George, was knighted. English novelist Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine (1853-1931) was one of Great Britain's most read authors between 1893-1930. Caine, who had begun his literary career by writing articles for trade journals, magazines and newspapers, was further inspired when he became Secretary to and friend of poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, whom he remembered in his 1882 work, Recollections of Rossetti. Caine published his first novel, The Shadow of a Crime, in 1885, and this was quickly followed by A Son of Hagar (1886) and The Deemster (1887). Caine's other works, many of which featured Biblical themes, include The Bondman and The Scapegoat (both 1890), Cap'n Davey's Honeymoon (1893), The Manxman (1894, his first big commercial success), The Christian (1897, which sold 650,000 copies), The Eternal City (1901, over a million copies sold worldwide) and The Prodigal Son (1904, novel and play). Caine, who edited King Albert's Book during WWI (the proceeds went to help Belgian refugees), published his last full-length novel in 1921 to devote himself to his life's work, a Life of Christ, which he had researched during several visits to Palestine and Transjordania. The book was published posthumously by his sons in 1938. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Slightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.

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