WILLIAM PETT RIDGE - PROGRAM SIGNED CIRCA 1910 - HFSID 73172
Sale Price $198.00
WILLIAM PETT RIDGE
The English novelist signs 1910 program featuring his readings in black ink
Program signed: "W. Pett Ridge" in black ink. 2 page integral leaf, 4½x6½ folded, 9x6½ flat. Program from a Reading of Ridge's Poems titled "Little London" in Bloomsbury, London, England on March 18, 1910. 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. Slightly toned. Edges frayed. Small stain in top margin. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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