Lot 616: ALS signed "Ernest H. Shepard," one page, 5.25 x 7, October 26, 1967. Letter to Evelyn Byrne, in part: "I am indeed glad to know of the success of your venture and I hope that your new book will meet with great success. By all means reprint my letter. I am particularly pleased to know that schools, parents and teachers showed such interest. I am returning you the typescript of my letter and, as you will see, have added something that may be of interest to you personally." In fine condition. The aforementioned typescript is included, and bears a lengthy handwritten postscript, in part: "I started working for 'Punch' when I was 26 and fifteen years later, when I came back from 3 years service as a gunner in the 1914 war, I was elected to the Punch 'Table' staff. In 1924 I illustrated A. A. Milne's 'When We Were Very Young' and 2 years later 'Winnie the Pooh' followed by 'Now We Are Six' and 'The House at Pooh Corner.'" Accompanied by the original mailing envelope (addressed in Shepard's hand), and a photocopy of the original letter sent to Byrne. Byrne ran a program at New York City's Elizabeth Barrett Browning Junior High School where she asked major literary and artistic figures for recollections of what books inspired them; some responses were published in the 1971 book Attacks of Taste. Fine content from the influential children's illustrator about the books that inspired him as a young boy.
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Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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