Lot 288: Forester, C. S.



2015-09-16 14:06:55

Lot 288: Forester C. S.: (1899-1966) English Novelist Whose Works Included The Horatio Hornblower Series And The African Queen (1935) Which Was Later Made Into A Film Starring Humphrey Bogart And Katharine Hepburn In 1951. A.L.S., C. S. Forester, One Page, 4To, London, 1St April 1929, To Mr. Grubb. Forester Informs His Correspondent That He Will Try And Answer His Letter Relative To The Public Ledger Syndicate As Best As He Can 'But I Suppose I Shall Not Be Very Extraordinary If I Make A Dismal Failure Of It'. The Novelist Continues 'My Favourite Joke Is About The Cardinal-Archbishop Who Found Himself Beside The Chief Rabbi At A City Dinner. Said The Cardinal, Absentmindedly - "Can I Help You To A Little Of This Ham?" "I Shall Wait For That Until Your Eminencie'S Wedding Breakfast' And Further Adds 'The Other Story I Like Is About The Three Girls Who Went For A Tramp In The Woods. He Is Now In Hospital'. Forester Also Writes 'For Publicity I Have Not Much To Suggest. Published A Novel Eight Years Ago, Nearly, At The Age Of 22, & Have Regretted It Ever Since. One Of The Very Few People Who Have Succeeded In Getting A Motor Boat Down 300 Miles Of The Unnavigable River Loire - May Be The Only One. Was Wrecked In The Thames Once On Good Friday, Kicked Off My Shoes While Swimming Ashore, Could Not, Of Course, Buy New Ones, & Came Back To London By Train (& Taxi) In Stockinged Feet In A Crowded Excursion Train. Spending This Summer Wandering About Germany In A 15Ft Boat With My Wife, Who Is A County Hockey Player. Chief Distinction, Being The Laziest Man North Of Naples'. A Scarce And Amusing Letter, Written On April Fools' Day. One Neat Split To The Right Edge Of The Central Fold And Some Very Light, Minor Age Wear At The Head Of The Letter, None Of Which Affect The Text Or Signature, Otherwise Vg ] International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction September 2015 Saturday, 26th September 2015 Estimate: £200-300
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