Lot 663: Rare ALS signed "Hart," one page on a 5.25 x 3.25 postcard depicting the Cunard RMS Tuscania, [December 13, 1928]. Letter to Samuel Loveman in Brooklyn. In full: "Gorgeous weather all the way. Today is like the 'Tristram' verse of Swinburne. Millions of sea gulls following us, and soaring overhead with such a flood of golden light as seems almost tropical. The coast of Cornwall in sight, and Plymouth by tea time." Light creases and a light spot of dampstaining affecting two words, otherwise fine condition. Crane greatly admired the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne, whose influence is apparent in his work, most notably his masterful 'The Bridge,' which shares many similarities with 'Tristram of Lyonesse.' The comparison Crane draws here between his seafaring journey and Swinburne's epic is particularly apt, as 'Tristram' begins with a ship arriving in Cornwall. A rare letter highlighted by its poetic language and literary content.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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