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WILLIAM HOBART ROYCE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/16/1948 - HFSID 344483

WILLIAM HOBART ROYCE The writer and Balzac enthusiast signs this handwritten letter to a fellow writer regarding his new book Autograph letter signed: "William Hobart Royce" in black ink. 8x10. New York, December 16, 1948.

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WILLIAM HOBART ROYCE
The writer and Balzac enthusiast signs this handwritten letter to a fellow writer regarding his new book
Autograph letter signed: "William Hobart Royce" in black ink. 8x10. New York, December 16, 1948. To: "Dear Brother in Balzac," in full: "A thousand thanks for your kindly thought in sending me a copy of your new book. Mr. Les Weitz told me that you were writing it, and made mention of my work in Balzac. Will you please give me a translation of the title, and a brief resume of your pages on Balzac, so that I may enter it in my Bibliography, and note it in the next Balzac Bulletin. With all the greetings of the season, I am Fraternally yours" Postscript: "Your letter received this morning, Dec. 17. But it does not identify the Balzac material- What pages? Royce". 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. Corners slightly rounded. Normal mailing folds. Original mailing envelope included. Otherwise, fine condition.

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