Date Published: 1868
Binding: No binding
9 x 7 inches flat, folded to 7 x 4-1/2 inches. Autograph letter signed. Three pages, [addressee panel cut out]. Dated London April 14th 1868. One word with smudging, otherwise, good condition. To an unidentified "Madam" returning a manuscript submitted for publication. In April Riddell had begun an editorship at St. James Magazine. In the letters she writes: "I am sorry to have to seem ungrateful for your kind note but the staff of the St. James is complete and I am obliged to return your M.S. without even looking at it. I may add mine is the exception to the London rule...I have a number of regular contributors.../'
Charlotte Riddell [born Charlotte Eliza Lawson Cowan] (aka Mrs J.H. Riddell) was a prolific English novelist and story writer during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Riddell published forty novels, plus tales (in journals, annuals, and her own collections), two travel books, and essays in periodicals. She was best-known in her own day for her domestic novels, sensation novels, and local and mystery novels. She has become more prominent in recent times for her highly-regarded ghost stories. She is unusual both in her depictions of the male-only business and financial aspects of London life, and in choosing lyrical country settings from the immediate area of London, both to the north-east and the south-west. Amongst her novels were: The Haunted House at Latchford (aka Fairy Water) (1872); The Earl's Promise (1873); The Uninhabited House (1875); The Haunted River (1877); The Disappearance of Jeremiah Redworth (1878); Maxwell Drewitt (1879) and The Nun's Curse (1888).
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