THORNTON W. BURGESS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/02/1952 - HFSID 343893
Sale Price $342.00
THORNTON W. BURGESS
The lovable author signs this letter written to a Mr. Ward in blue ink
Autograph letter signed: "Thornton W. Burgess/Peter's Godfather" in blue ink. 8½x5¼. Springfield, Massachusetts, March 2, 1952, written on personal letterhead to "Dear Mr. Ward:" In full: "Your letter finally got to me where I am spending the winter on the island of Tobago, Robinson Crusoe's island in the West Indies. I am happy to do so simple a thing as send you my autograph as below. Very cordial good wishes to you and yours. Peter Rabbit says: 'With open mind go on your way/And add to knowledge every day.'" Thornton Waldo Burgess (1874-1965), was a conservationist and author of children's stories. Burgess loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years in books and his newspaper column, "Bedtime Stories". He was sometimes known as the Bedtime Story-Man. His outdoor observations in nature were used as plots for his stories. In his first book, Old Mother West Wind, published in 1910, the reader meets many of the characters found in later books and stories. The characters in the Old Mother West Wind series include Peter Rabbit (briefly known as Peter Cottontail), Jimmy Skunk, Sammy Jay, Bobby Raccoon, Little Joe Otter, Grandfather Frog, Billy Mink, Jerry Muskrat, Spotty the Turtle, Old Mother West Wind and her Merry Little Breezes. Peter Rabbit was created by British author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, prompting Burgess to note, "I like to think that Miss Potter gave Peter a name known the world over, while I with Mr. Cady's help perhaps made him a character." By the time he retired, he had written over 170 books and 15,000 stories for the daily newspaper column. Toned. Corners rounded. Normal mailing creases. Ink smudges on left margin. Adhesive residue on verso and in left corners. Otherwise, fine condition.
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