WILLIAM PETT RIDGE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1897 - HFSID 73406
Sale Price $198.00
WILLIAM PETT RIDGE
The English author sends quick note to colleague, signs his name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "W. Pett Ridge" in black ink. 4½x3½ card addressed to Carlson Kernahan, Esq. of Covent Garden. London, England. In full: "Wednesday. Dear C.K. I concur with Bowden's suggestion in regard to the dialogue will meet the difficulty". 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. Toned. Worn and soiled. Edges and corners rounded. Ink stamp on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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