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Kenneth Grahame
Typed Letter On His Son's Suicide
A single page of letter paper, headed "Boham's", dated 26 May 1920, thanking Curtis Brown for his "kind words of sympathy with us in our overwhelming sorrow." following the death of Grahame's son, Alastair. He touches upon Alastair's last days, "The dear boy went back to Oxford this term so full of new plans and interests, with "Mods" safely behind him, and liberty to follow a wider range of thought and reading. From all one can glean, his last days were specially happy ones. He was laid to rest in Oxford on his 20th birthday." He also mentions Alastair's enjoyment of a Curtis Brown party, he attended, "You may like to know, that his little visit to you was a matter of constant pleasant recollection. Owing to the war, he had led so secluded a life, socially speaking that this was a real "event", and the memory of it was cherished by him." Tipped onto black paper at the upper corners and light creases from the original folding, excellent condition. An extraordinarily resonant letter, one of very few in which Grahame talks about the great tragedy of his life - the death of his son. Alastair, affectionately known as 'Mouse' to his parents, had been indulged by his mother whilst Grahame, who had built himself a picture of his son's capabilities entirely at odds with reality, encouraged him to achieve the academic success that he had failed to do. Alastair was awkward in the company of his peers and bullied at school (Rugby, and later at Eton) and by mid teens was almost totally blind in one eye. He was thoroughly depressed at Oxford and it is thought that one fateful evening … [Click Below for Full Description]
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