WILLIAM T. "OLIVER OPTIC" ADAMS - AUTOGRAPH 07/28/1878 - HFSID 286889
Sale Price $72.00
OLIVER OPTIC (WILLIAM T. ADAMS)
Card signed with both his legal name and his pen name, signed in Boston in 1878
3½x2¼, card. William T. "Oliver Optic" Adams (1822-1897) taught in Boston public schools (1845-1865). Under the pseudonym Oliver Optic, he wrote 126 books, mostly series for boys. His books contained more adventure than most of what was being written for young people then and so were controversial. Some libraries banned them as too "sensational," but young readers loved them. In 1871, no other author was borrowed so frequently from the Boston Public Library. He engaged in a literary quarrel with Louisa May Alcott, who chided readers of "optical delusions." Adams wrote scathing rebuttals. Lightly toned. Mounting remnants at corners. Mounting residue on verso. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise fine condition.
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