Date Published: 1902 to 1932
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Robert Hichens was an English journalist, novelist, playwright, short story writer, autobiographer, music critic and lyricist. The Garden of Allah (1904) a romance set in Northern Africa that sold nearly a million copies and was adapted for both stage and was made into a film three times.
This collection contains 36 items dating from 1902 to 1946, specifically 30 autographed letters signed, a partial letter, 2 books with ALS affixed, a leaflet, a post card photo album, and 1 signed photo.
• 16 ALS (47 pp.), 12 envelopes, to Mrs. Philip Hale (née Irene Brainerd Baumgas, born 1862), wife of the American music critic Philip Hale, portrayed by Hichens as “Stephen Harland” in his novel Susie’s Career (1935), entitled The Pyramid (1936) in the USA: New Year’s day, n.d., Luxor, Egypt; 21 October 1930; 20 October 1933; 6 December 1935; 30 September 1935; 14 March 1936; 28 January 1937; 13 November 1937; 21 December 1939; 24 September 1940; 8 March 1944; 18 June 1945; 15 July 1945; 30 December 1945; 30 June 1946; 7 October 1946. Detailed correspondence written by Hichens from Egypt or Switzerland about family, friends, travel, living conditions in both countries, Hale’s death in 1934, Hichens’s health (having to undergo throat treatments), the war, and Hitchens’s writing. • ALS to Miss Chappell, Wednesday, sending thanks for a ticket to an unspecified event, and replying: "Like an ass I have engaged myself to a dinner on the 11th. But may I keep the ticket & try to escape early?... Yesterday I spent two hours with Beerbohm Tree careering all over London in his new motor car. He was very funny. . . . So Miss Luani is superstitious I am so glad. I like superstitious people...."
• ALS to Mr. Halsey, 22 May ?, “I accept with great pleasure. Many thanks.”
• Bottom part of ALS, n.d., three lines of text “at the country. I hope for ? will soon quite recover. I love your house of garden. Yrs. very sincerely.”
• ALS addressed “Dear Mitford”, Wednesday 1905, re dining together at Frascati in Oxford.
• ALS to Mr. Grau, 3 October 1911, “Many thanks for your letter. There are photographs of me at Marceau's in fifth Avenue. I hope your last volume may be very successful. Of course your name is very familiar to me. I am keeping your enclosure in case I am unable to take yr. book back when I leave.”
• ALS to Mrs. Riggs (i.e. Kate Douglas Wiggin, the American author of American children’s stories), 12 October 1911: “I feel pleased that you care so much to be at the first performance of our play. I have handed in your letter. Naturally I am anxious to meet you, but I fear I dare not accept invitations now. We are so terribly busy. I get pretty well tired out. I wish I were more free but it cannot be helped.... I dine at 7 arrive at the theatre at 8.”
• ALS to Mr. Viebeck, 12 October 1911, not able to meet him due to his attendance at rehearsals.
• ALS to Lady White, 31 May 1918, replying: “Of course I remember you & would gladly come to see you.... But I have given up London life for the present & don't expect to be there for an age."
• ALS addressed Dear Sir (Albert Phillips), 24 March 1926, with envelope, sorry that he won’t be in London towards the end of June, will be in Switzerland from the beginning of May.
• ALS addressed Dear Sir, 4 February 1928, has written in the book, apologizes for the book not being sent.
• ALS to Mr. Green, 27 June 1928, has been travelling, just returned home, book being sent today.
• ALS addressed Dear Sir, 10 December 1930, saying that he’ll do what the person wants and that he’ll be Paris until 22 Dec. and then in Switzerland (addresses provided).
• ALS addressed Dear Sir, 20 May 1931, telling his correspondent that he’ll autograph the book if it’s sent to him.
• ALS to Miss Edwards, 14 November 1920, thanking her kind note about his play.
• Felix. London: Methuen, 1902. Red cloth, bottom front cover rippled, with ALS (attached to front pastedown) to Lady Bective (Alice Maria Hill Taylor), 17 August 1905, re en famille, visiting her for 2 nights, hoping to time the visit in September when his mother foes from Leasdale to London.
• Susie’s Career. London: Cassell and Company Ltd, 1935. Brownish orange cloth in very good dust jacket. Brownish flecks on the text block, previous owner’s name on the front free endpaper.
3 pieces of ephemera:
• 1 Signed Photo. B&w photo of Hichens seated at a table, signature, 30 dated January 1932. N.E.A. on reverse.
• Souvenir post card album showing 4 b&w post card scenes from The Garden of Allah, Liebler and Co. Managers, Century Theatre, New York City, 1911.
• Leaflet for the 1927 silent film of The Garden of Allah, Metro-Goldwyn Picture, a Rex Ingram Production, The Embassy Theatre, New York. 24.5 × 19.5 cm.
Collection on consignment with LDRB