Lot 542: Charmian London

RR Auction

2015-12-18 17:00:17

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Lot 542: Fascinating collection of five TLSs by Jack London's second wife, Charmian, totaling six pages, most 8.5 x 11, dated from 1920 to 1922. All are to Margaret Oliver and have mentions of Jack London. The earliest, in part: "I shall be glad to have the manuscript—the GOOD one…to put you right about something: Jack did not consider Mr. Stitt-Wilson his friend…My dear, I live to refute that sort of unworthy understanding of my husband. That is why I am so anxious to get my book published. And there isn't any Jack London, living or dead, who won't appreciate that fact!" The second, in part: "In trying to market your book, we must come to the understanding that the authorship as suggested, 'Jack London, Deceased,' must not be used. The reason is plain: if I allowed a book to come out under such 'authorship,' immediately every faker in the land—and they are legion—would have perfect right to do the same." Another, in part: "I found that the attempt (from whatever source) to sustain power by short, crisp sentences, and the use of the period, became extremely monotonous, irritating to the reader. Perhaps this was emphasized by the triteness, may I say, of the philosophy…The sociological spirit of the novel is mere kindergarten socialism so far as Jack is concerned." Also includes a letter by a gentleman offering his opinion of the manuscript in question. In overall very good condition, with scattered dampstaining (affecting some of the signatures), as well as some toning and soiling. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $1500-2000
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