MARIE CORELLI - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/28/1906 - HFSID 297535
Sale Price $288.00
Handwritten letter from The Sorrows of Satan author to Lady Campbell Clarke, sister of the Daily Telegram owner
Autograph Letter signed: "Marie Corelli", 2 pages (integral leaf), 5x8½. Mason Croft, Stratford on Avon, 1906 March 28. On personal letterhead to Lady Campbell Clarke, Claridge's Hotel, London, in full: "Are you still at Claridge's? I want to send you my photo, as I promised. I was taken in London a month ago, and the finished prints have just come home. I do hope you are better? I should love to see you again! Affectionately yours". Accompanied by mailing envelope addressed in Corelli's hand. Born Mary Mackay, the daughter of Scottish poet Charles Mackay, this popular novelist (1855-1924) of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century preferred to be known by her pen name of Marie Corelli, under which she also performed on the piano. Her bestselling novel, The Sorrows of Satan (1895) broke publishing records. Reviled by many critics of her day, she also had admirers, including Mark Twain and Lord Tennyson. She was a favorite of Queen Victoria. Corelli's romantic novels feature strong female characters and much social criticism. She and her lifelong companion, Bertha Vyver, purchased and restored Mason Croft in Stratford, reputedly the former home of Shakespeare's daughter. Among her other best-selling novels were A Romance of Two Worlds (1886) and Barabbas (1893). Lady Campbell Clarke was the widow of Sir Campbell Clarke, journalist and Librarian of the British Museum. She was the sister of Lord Burnham, owner of the Daily Telegram. Toned. Multiple mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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