Date Published: 1907 to 1927
Binding: No binding & hard cover
William J. Locke was a British novelist, playwright, and short story writer. His works have been made into many motion pictures, the most recent of which was Ladies in Lavender (2004).
The collection consists of 12 items dating from 1907 to 1927, specifically, 8 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS), 1 book with a signed photo card, and 2 b&w photos.
• ALS (29 March 1907, 2 pp.) to H. Greenlagh Smith (Strand Magazine) regretting he has “no work on hand” and explaining that the serial rights to his next novel have been sold. Slight tear at the side.
• ALS to Miss Rowe, on Royal Institute of British Architects letterhead, 14 March [no year, but presumably between 1897 and 1907], can't come to Lyceum Club on the 23rd.
• ALS to the literary agent Alexander Pollock Watt, 27 October 1907, gathered for a volume of tributes: Letters to Addressed A. P. Watt (1909). “I have very much pleasure in testifying to the excellence of the manner in which you have conducted the business I have entrusted to your care.” • ALS to Mr. Scott, 14 June 1910. Apologizes for not replying to Scott’s letter of 28 February asking for a photo: “During the whole of March I was running about France in an automobile telegraphing here & there an address & letters to my servants in London – to the great confusion, as I have since discovered, of my correspondence.”
• ALS to “My dear McArthur”, 23 June 1918, thanking McArthur, “I do hope you’ll be able to do the tobacco trick”, will sign the books for him on Tuesday on Tuesday at the Garrick.
• ALS to Miss Campbell, 24 June 1918, re a piece of his verse which he cannot revise or have published with her music.
• ALS to the Editor of the Boston Transcript, 4 September 1918. Literary references to “The Cloud”, Tom Hood’s “The Last Man”, and Tom Campbell.
• ALS to Elizabeth Sutherland, Carnegie Library, Ottawa, Canada, on La Haye, Berks. letterhead, dated 15th July 09 A positive response for her request for sending his autograph. With original envelope.
• The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol (London: The Bodley Head, 1912), dark red cloth, illustrations by Alec Ball. Slight tears at the top of the spine. Photo card signed by Locke attached to the front free endpaper.
2 b&w photos:
• Locke seated, reference on verso to The Kingdom of Theophilus to be published by Dodd, Mead, 8 September 1927, N.E.A.
• Locke (to write screenplay with Norma Talmadge) and Mona Rico on set for John Barrymore’s United Artists Picture, King of the Mountains, n.d.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.