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WILLIAM HOBART ROYCE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/25/1947 - HFSID 344481

WILLIAM HOBART ROYCE This handwritten letter to a fellow Balzac enthusiast is signed by the poet and Balzac Society leader Autograph letter signed: "William Hobart Royce" in black ink. 8x12½ lined paper. New York, November 25, 1947. Written on personal stationary marked "Les Jardies" to Shea Tenenbaum.

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WILLIAM HOBART ROYCE
This handwritten letter to a fellow Balzac enthusiast is signed by the poet and Balzac Society leader
Autograph letter signed: "William Hobart Royce" in black ink. 8x12½ lined paper. New York, November 25, 1947. Written on personal stationary marked "Les Jardies" to Shea Tenenbaum. In full: "Dear Friend,- It was very kind of you to send me the three issues of New Yorker Wochenblat containing your articles on my Balzac Exhibition. I only wish I could read them. But I have entered them in the Supplement of my Balzac Bibliography. Should I say that they are in Hebrew? I enclose the lost Balzac Bulletin, [not included] and should be proud to number you among the members of the Balzac Society of America. Fraternally yours". William Hobart Royce (1878-1963) was an American writer and bookseller who was an expert on French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac. Royce published poetry under his given name as well as his pen-name, Willie Penmore. In 1917 Royce met Gabriel Wells and joined his bookselling firm where he stayed for over 30 years. The shop became a center for the sale of all types of "Balzaciana". Royce lived his life in emulation of Balzac and was the founder (1940) and president of the Balzac Society of America. In 1935, he was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honor and was made an honorary citizen of Issoudun, where Balzac's La Rabouilleuse was set. Some of Royce's notable works include "Remember Pearl Harbor!", "The Bookman's Lament", and "Balzac Was Right, A Sonnet Sequence". Toned. Normal mailing folds. Some ink smudging throughout. Original mailing envelope included. Pencil note (unknown hand) and paperclip mark on envelope. Otherwise, fine condition.

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