JAMES ANTHONY FROUDE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/21 - HFSID 341922
Sale Price $324.00
JAMES ANTHONY FROUDE
The British historical writer assures friend that two newer, better volumes worth reading will be released shortly, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "J.A. Froude" in black ink. 2 pages integral leaf, 4½x7. London, England. January 21, no year. Addressed to a Dr. Tuner. In part: "You will have though me false in my promise to write two new vol. of short stories...A new Edition is coming out shortly which will be better worth your having; and then I will not forget". English historian James Anthony Froude (1818-1894) had intended to enter the Anglican ministry, but his religious doubts - fully expressed in his controversial nove lThe Nemesis of Faith (1849) - convinced him to pursue secular scholarship instead. (Reaction to the book also compelled him to resign his fellowship at Oxford.) His History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Defeat of the Spanish Armada, completed in 1870, was also controversial, because Froude wrote in a dramatic, polemical style. His biography of friend and fellow historian Thomas Carlyle (1887) caused an even greater uproar, because readers focused on his revelations of troubles in Carlyle's marriage rather than on his praise of his writings. Froude made a speaking tour in the US, but alienated audiences there with his ardent defense of British imperialism and especially of its role in Ireland. Normal mailing folds. Soiled and stained throughout. Soiled along creases. Light surface creases. Worn throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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