Lot 4017: ALS signed "The good-not-great Wells," one page both sides, 7 x 9, no date. An interesting letter to H. E. Hadley featuring a large sketch of a party at the top and a series of sketches portraying a variety of different people. In part: "A lonely man among a myriad of friends, a dark & lonesome soul amid the hum of Manchester's social life, & four hundred thousand happy domesticities. Poor chap! But you will get used to this by & bye & you also will meet with congenial souls—perhaps even with domesticities." Wells sketches twelve different types of faces below, adding the title, "A Study in Congenial Souls." Wells pens another note on the reverse, signed, "The g-n-g Wells." In very good condition. The pioneering science fiction author was fond of adding sketches and caricatures within his correspondence, little drawings that he called 'picshuas.' Forty of these were published in his 1932 Experiment in Autobiography, and an in-depth analysis of his 'picshuas' was published recently. Showcasing the wit of the "Good-not-great Wells," this letter with its playful caricatures is a quintessential piece.
RR Auction's Mario Puzo Archive And Literary Rarities Auction 470
Thursday, 18th February 2016
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