MARIE CORELLI - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/06/1899 - HFSID 142579
Sale Price $288.00
Short letter from the author, saying that she is bringing along the father of novelist Anthony Hope to her next social get-together with the recipient
Autograph letter signed: "Marie Corelli", in pencil, 4½x7. September 6, 1899. In full: "Dear Mr. Savage - I am coming to the [illegible] today with Mr. Hawbrins, the father of Anthony Hope the novelist. I thought I will just let you know before-hand! Warmest regards from". 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). Fold in center. Graphite smeared across letter. Left edge frayed and creased. Corners lightly worn and creased. Lightly soiled on verso. Slight creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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