Lot 320: Grubb, Davis



2015-09-16 14:07:00

Lot 320: Grubb Davis: (1919-1980) American Novelist, Author Of The Night Of The Hunter (1953). T.L.S., Davis Grubb, Two Pages, 4To, N.P. (Louisiana), 26Th January 1976, To Barrie Rawson In Australia. Grubb Informs His Correspondent 'No Book Has Appeared Since The Barefoot Man And I Am Just Getting Into Another One, The Tentative Title Of Which Is Let The Clocks Run Down. It Is (A Switch) About A Conspiracy To Prevent The President From Being Assassinated And That'S All I Am Going To Tell You About It (I Don'T Really Know Much More) Save To Say That, As I Now Envision It, It Will Have All And More Of The Suspense And Excitement Of The Night Of The Hunter Or The Watchman' And Continues 'I Begin A Book With A Desparate (Sic) Idea In Which I Half-Believe, Force Myself To Continue, And Soon Become So Hooked With The Idea That I Am Forced To Complete It Out Of Curiosity To See How It Will All Come Out. Much Of The Same Motive Works In Reading A Book, I Suppose.' He Further Writes 'One Of The Strongest Literary Influences In My Life As A Writing Man Has Always Been That Brave, Tragic New Zealand Genius Katherine Mansfield. She And Kipling And Stevenson Just About Complete That Pattern And The Other Two Have Associations Not Too Remote From Australia' And Also Refers To Several Of His Books, Recommending That His Correspondent Tries And Locates A Copy Of A Tree Full Of Stars At The Gotham Book Mart In New York. In Concluding Grubb Reflects 'The Kinship Which Art Establishes For A Writer Is Of A Most Delicate And Yet Substantial Nature. Letters From Far Corners Of The Earth Don'T Come Often But When They Do They Are Like The Warm Breath Of Exotic Breezes Against One'S Weary Brow. A Writer Wonders -- At Least I Do -- When He Sits Down Amid The Solitudes And Begins The First Picking At His Typewriter Who (If Anyone) Is Going To Be Hearing His Small, Lost Voice....' Beneath His Signature Grubb Has Added A Small Original Drawing Of A Flower. A Letter Of Interesting Content. Some Very Light Creasing And Minor Age Wear, Otherwise Vg] International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction September 2015 Saturday, 26th September 2015 Estimate: £100-150
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