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Hardy, Thomas
Autograph Letter Signed, to "Dear Mr. Low"
1899. One page (first of four leaves folded). On "Max Gate | Dorchester" stationery, dated "10.4.99". The text of this letter reads: If you should still care to have something of mine in the first number of the new magazine, a little innocent poem of 3 stanzas that I have written is at your service for use in its pages. As however it may be too late I will not send it unless I hear. If the matter for the number is already complete do not trouble to reply. Yours truly [signed] Thomas Hardy. Obviously Hardy is responding to "Mr. Low's" request for material to appear in a new periodical; the poem Hardy is offering is unidentified, but it was most likely one of the "Miscellaneous Poems" that in 1902 would appear in his POEMS OF THE PAST AND THE PRESENT, since many of those were written during the few years following the publication of his first volume of verse, WESSEX POEMS, in late 1898. "Mr. Low" was the journalist and essayist Sidney Low (1857-1932), and "the new magazine" was The Anglo-Saxon Review -- a short-lived "quarterly miscellany," created and edited by Lady Randolph Churchill (her son Winston served as an advisor), published by John Lane in handsome leather-bound volumes with elaborate gilt tooling. Contributors would include Henry James, Winston Churchill, George Gissing, and Stephen Crane (but apparently not Thomas Hardy). The subscription list included many from the wealthy, the nobility, even heads of state. But maybe it was all a bit too much -- for there were only ten quarterly issues, from June 1899 (Hardy's letter is dated in April of that year) to September … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA] [Yarmouth, ME, U.S.A.]
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