WILLIAM PETT RIDGE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/16/1927 - HFSID 73410
Sale Price $324.00
WILLIAM PETT RIDGE
The English novelist sends letter to a family friend, updating her on his most recent activities, signs his name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "W. Pett Ridge" in black ink. 1 page front and verso, 5¼x7. Ampthill, Chislehurst West, Kent, England. November 16, 1927. In full: "Dear Mrs. Cope, I am so very glad to have the eloquent and moving tribute to put everything clearly. My wife will bring back the Raedeam book, and when I can journey to town my first visit will be made to Stone Buildings. Yesterday we went, in a neighbor's car, to Brook Street, and the good John decided against anything like an operation on the foot. He says I shall get well, but it is sure to be a long job. I want to quote in an article, a line or two from Stanley's verses about the Strand and the Nelson column. Can you, I wonder, tell me the name of the book in which these appear? Yours always". Post script: "We met Kipling yesterday at lunch in the Persian Hall". William Pett Ridge (1859-1930) was an English author. His career began as a writer of humorous sketches for the St. James's Gazette in 1891, which was syndicated to other local papers. His first novel was publish in 1895 titled A Clever Wife, but it wasn't until his fifth novel Mord Em'ly(1898)that he became well-known and successful for his excellent ability to draw humorous portraits of lower class life. Ridge's success abled him to become a noted philanthropist, donating his time and money to charity, founding the Babies Home at Hoxton in 1907, and supported many organizations that had the welfare of children as their object, characterizing him as a natural successor to Charles Dickens. His popularity declined later in life and he was considered old-fashioned; he continued to write at least one book a year till his death in 1930. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Light surface creases. Slightly soiled. Stained throughout. Corners rounded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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