HALL (THOMAS HENRY HALL) CAINE - AUTOGRAPH NOTE UNSIGNED - HFSID 18503
Sale Price $108.00
HALL CAINE. ANS, unsigned, in pencil, 3x1½. No place, no date. On
front and verso of calling card imprinted with his name to "The
Concierge". In full: "Please see if my son has come in yet. Send
him into the Dining Room at once." Caine had two sons, Ralph (born in
1884), who would later manage his father's business affairs relating to his
works, and Derwent (born in 1891). 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, twenty years after Caine had been
knighted on the recommendation of Prime Minister Lloyd George. Vertical fold
at four words of writing. Slightly soiled. Fine condition.
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