Date Published: 1922 to 1947
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Arthur Stuart-Mentet Hutchinson was a British novelist and the editor of the London illustrated newspaper, The Daily Graphic. He wrote romance and family novels as well as short stories for publications such as The Sphere Magazine. His best-selling novel, If Winter Comes, was in many aspects ahead of its time, dealing with an unhappy marriage, eventual divorce, and an unwed mother who commits suicide.
The A.S.M. Hutchinson collection consists of 21 items dating from 1922 to 1947, specifically, 10 letters, 2 pieces of sheet music, 1 book, 7 b&w photos and 1 colour photo cigarette card.
10 letters (8 Autograph Letters Signed ALS and 2 Typed Letters Signed):
• 4 ALS and a TLS (8 pp. in all) to Miss Bickley, 21 June 1923, 12 February 1924, 24 May 1926, 23 June 1926, and 26 June 1927, re her appreciation of Hutchinson`s work, her condolences on his mother`s death, house hunting.
• 2 ALS (3 pp.) to Mr. Reynolds, 12 November 1935 and 13 December 1935, re Reynolds’s appreciation of Hutchinson’s work and the publication of A Year That the Locust—. • ALS (3 pp.) to Norman Davey (English engineer, poet, and novelist), 4 October 1922, sending thanks for his letter, and replying in part: ". . . Few novelists, I think, can have had praise so splendid; no novelists, I know, but you & Sadleir, could so generously have estimated the work of another. ... What is so utterly delightful is that, a fellow craftsman, you pick out the bits of work, that, as a craftsman, appeal to you. There is a lot of stuff in that book: all its ferocious critics have not been able to see the trees for the wood. They have gone baldheaded for the wood & the poor little trees, so carefully planted & tended, have gone for nothing. But along came woodmen like you &, even if you dislike the wood when you are through it, recognize the trees. . . . Ah, I have ideas sometimes! Shall you & I & Sadleir dine . . . at the club one night?. . . ."
• ALS (3 pp.) to Mrs. S.D. Hart, 14 March 1949, with envelope, he has a broken leg, out of humour for correspondence, “What a wonderfully attractive picture you draw of your grandmother…”, his son Simon (22 years of age) in the Grenadier Guards in Germany missed serving in the war by a month, now in the Malayan Police, will end up as an author or a clergyman, his other son Andrew (15) at Harrow School, affection between the 2 brothers, not looking forward surgery.
• TLS to Indrid Indridson, 19 November 1933, with envelope, “Iceland always seems like another world to me; but I know well what a progressive nation yours is, what a fine history it has behind it, and what a great city and university you have in Reykjavik”, praises her English, has no photograph, hopes to send her a copy of If Winter Comes.
2 pieces of sheet music:
• If Winter Comes (New York: M. Witmark & Sons, 1922), sheet music, with a TLS to the authors from Hutchinson in facsimile, 19 April 1922, thanking them for their song, and a photo montage from the film. Kim Gannon and Imogen Carpenter,
• If Winter Comes (New York: Robbins Music Corporation, 1947), sheet music, with photographic images from the film.
• A Year That the Locust— (London: Ivor Nicholson & Watson Limited, 1935), red cloth, signed. Some at the rear endpapers.
7 b&w photos
• Seven b&w photos from If Winter Comes (1947), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture, starring Walter Pidgeon, Deborah Kerr, and Angela Lansbury.
• A colour Wills’s cigarette card of Hutchinson, no. 15 in a series of 40, n.d.
Collection on consignment to LDRB.