Lot 625: ALS, one page, 4.5 x 6, no date. Letter arranging a meeting with "Mr. Thompson," probably Daniel Greenleaf Thompson, the secretary of the Author's Club. In full: "I am to be in the city now for some time. Won't you come in—say—Tuesday morning at 11 o'k." Crane adds his address at the top, "33 East 22nd Street." In fine condition, with a mild overall block of toning and evenly trimmed edges.Frequently plagued by financial worry, Crane moved around sporadically from rooming house to rooming house, establishing his residence at 33 East 22nd in both 1894 and 1896; this letter appears to be from March 1896. At this time Crane was enjoying enormous success, having found himself an instant celebrity six months earlier upon the publication of his magnum opus, The Red Badge of Courage. Any autographic material from Crane is exceedingly rare, with this being an especially fine example given his address in New York—the setting of much of his work—and the important period to which it dates.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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