Lot 136: Author: London, Jack. Title: Autograph letter to Charmian London, written while on the Twentieth Century train on the way to New York City. Place Published: In transit. Date Published: January, 1914. Description: In pencil, on 7 sheets of small notepaper, approx. 7. 5x14 cm (3x5½"). Jack was on his way to New York to negotiate for the return of film rights to The Sea Wolf. The first page he remarks "Whom should I meet. . but Hodgkinson carrying S. W. films to New York - Wolf." The remainder is a rambling declaration of his feeling towards Charmian: "My Woman, I wish I did not suffer from doing by thousand words each day. Because then I should tell you that you are my dearest possession, you are my one possession that counts for anything. Incidentally, you count for everything. All the space of words occupied by all my books would not furnish the details of the account that makes you so count with me. Wolf." Upon his arrival in New York, London was rumored to be seeing another woman, but perhaps it was only Anna Strunsky. The sheets were torn roughly out of a notebook, and then pinned together at left margin; very good.
PBA Galleries' Sale 563: Fine Literature with the Wayne Martin Collection of Jack London
Thursday, 25th June 2015
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