Date Published: 1919 to 1949
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Frank Swinnerton was a prolific English novelist, critic, biographer, and essayist. He was a contemporary of H.G. Wells, John Galsworthy and Arnold Bennett.
The collection consists of 12 items dating from 1919 to 1949, specifically, 9 signed letters (7 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS); 2 Typed Letters Signed (TLS;), 1 signed note, 1 photo, and 1 book with 1 ALS inside.
• ALS to Robert Swantly[?], 5 October 1919, sending thanks for his letter and arranging a meeting.
• ALS to Mrs. H.D. Sheldon, 30 October 1919, discussing a copy of his book entitled Nocturne that he is sending for a bazaar.
• ALS to J.B. Pond Jr. (literary agent), 3 May 1920, relays the information that he will not be coming to the US in near future.
• ALS to Florence Murphy, 31 March 1932, sending thanks for her letter and replying: “It is always extremely pleasant to learn that what one has done has given pleasure; and I gratefully acknowledge that I have many friendly readers in the United States.”
• ALS to Alfred Vines, n.d., providing Vines with his autograph.
• ALS to Gleen McCord, 11 December 1937, re his “splendiferous collection” and acquiring a first impression of Harvest Comedy.
• ALS to Indrid Indridson, 9 June 1934, with envelope, sends her two books, tells her to contact the booksellers in Reykjavik for his other books, has no photos of himself, "I am not handsome."
• TLS to W. Harper Lawson, 7 March 1933, re thanking him for the suggestion, busy writing short stories, the years 1909-10 would be of immense value.
• TLS to Russell Landstrom, 20 October 1946, re the state of Egypt, the threat of Russia, being a Liberal, the British Empire and Egypt’s autonomy.
• ANS to H.D. Trevillian with envelope, 23 February 1932: “This copy of Sketch of a Sinner is inscribed for H.D. Trevillian with the compliments of Frank Swinnerton.”
• B&w photo of Swinnerton from the Baltimore Sun, 2 October 1926.
1 Book with ALS inside;
• Tokefield Papers Old and New: A Collection of Familiar Essays (New York: Doubleday, 1949), black cloth in a very good jacket, affixed to the front free endpaper is an ALS on Swinnerton’s Old Tokefield, Cranleigh, Surrey letterhead dated 13 March 1950 addressed to Victor P. Hass about the book. Hass’s bookplate on the front pastedown and a TLS to Hass from Harry ?, 25 January 1958, with reference to Swinnerton, other writer, books, films, and acquaintances.
Collection on consignment with LDRB