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ZANE GREY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1905 - HFSID 268155

AN EXTRAORDINARILY RARE LOVE LETTER BY ZANE GREY, SIGNED "PEARL" (HIS GIVEN FIRST NAME), TO LINA ELISE ROTH (WHOM HE CALLS "DOLLY"), THE 22-YEAR-OLD YOUNG LADY HE HAD KNOWN SINCE SHE WAS 17.

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AN EXTRAORDINARILY RARE LOVE LETTER BY ZANE GREY, SIGNED "PEARL" (HIS GIVEN FIRST NAME), TO LINA ELISE ROTH (WHOM HE CALLS "DOLLY"), THE 22-YEAR-OLD YOUNG LADY HE HAD KNOWN SINCE SHE WAS 17.
 
JUST MONTHS BEFORE THEY WOULD MARRY, GREY WRITES, IN PART: "I FEEL VERY MUCH LIKE BASKING IN THE RADIANCE OF YOUR SWEET BABY SMILE, AND LISTENING TO THE PURRY INFLECTION OF YOUR VOICE...."
 
ZANE GREY.
ALS: "Pearl" (his given first name), 2¾p, 5x8. New York City, 1905 March 7. To "My dear Dolly". In full: "I tried to get up to see you tonight, but when I found I'd have to walk I hedged. I am over tired as it is. A ten mile walk, and a strenuous young lady at the end of it, are more than I could risk this eve. We have packed 40 boxes so far. Have only a few left. Red & Cedar depart for the wild and wooly Pitte Co. on Saturday. Mother and Ida are going to leave soon, I shall stay here to try to take in a few plunks. The barrel and stove came all O.K. I didn't know as I can write anything more. My mind is in a rather queer condition. I am sorry not to get to see you this evening, as I feel very much like basking in the radiance of your sweet baby smile, and listening to the purry inflection of your voice. Isn't that awful?! I'll see you sometime soon, perhaps tomorrow eve, if the strikers let me get up town." Handwritten postscript signed: "Pearl". In full: "Oh! Yes, I forget. Say Dolly you will please & oblige me greatly if you could consent to take care of Betty 2 and Wiz for a little while. They are such dear kittens that I can't give them away. They would not cause you any trouble, except a little in the morning and evening. You'd love them dearly. They are well trained, and sleep all night without a murmer. Will you?" Lightly creased with folds, not at signatures. Light show through of ink on second page, paper clip impression at upper blank margin of first page. Fine condition. Accompanied by original envelope, 5x3½, imprinted with Grey's return address ("Zane Grey, D.D.S./100 West Seventy-Fourth Street/New York City"). Addressed by Grey to: "Miss Lina E. Roth/New York City./701 St. Nicholas Ave". 2-cent Washington stamp affixed, postmarked New York, March 7, 1905 on front and New York, N.Y., March 8, 1905 on verso. Lightly soiled. Postal markings touch 2 lines of address, postmark at "Roth". Torn open at upper edge. Overall, fine condition. Written the year that Grey married LINA ELISE ROTH, whom he had met while on a fishing trip to Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania in 1900. They married in the Fall of 1905. Roth, whom Grey called "Dolly", was 17 years old at the time of their meeting. The couple would have three children, and "Dolly" would become a savvy literary agent and effective editor for her husband.
 
Best known for his adventure stories of the American West, New York City dentist ZANE GREY (1872-1939), would become known as "The Father of the Western Novel". Born Pearl Zane Grey, he published at least one Western novel a year, including Riders of the Purple Sage (1918, his most popular novel), Call of the Canyon and West of the Pecos, many of which were made into feature films. He also wrote numerous articles and books on fishing. Two items.
 

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