Date Published: 1911 to 1941
Hugh Walpole was a New Zealand-born prolific, best-selling English novelist. He wrote between 1909 and 1941 thirty-six novels, five volumes of short stories, two original plays and three volumes of memoirs.
The collection consists of 18 items dating from 1911 to 1941, specifically 9 letters, 1 quotation, 1 photo, 1 drawing, 1 card, 4 photo post cards and 1 book.
9 Letters: 8 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS) and 1 Typed Letters Signed (TLS)
• ALS to Mr. Coverley, 5? January 1911, requesting various books (Trevelyan English under the Stuarts) to be sent to him.
• ALS (3 pp.) to Mr. Arnold, [26 February 1913], apologizes that that he changed his lunch plans when he received Captain Graham’s wire.
• ALS (a few tears and a couple of words missing) addressed “My dear Desmond” (probably Desmond MacCarthy, literary reviewer and drama critic), 25 October 1924, re receiving a book, his little flat with his “dogs, a gardener, and a marvelous view”.
• ALS addressed “Dear old Desmond” (Desmond MacCarthy), 11 July 1929, “Got your line… where I can finish a book in peace”, tells Desmond to send the novel, has a collection of D.C. books beautifully written, has finished his books, hasn’t published one for 2 ½ years, the Percy sale.
• ALS to Mr. Evans, 26 February 1932, re meeting Evans, going abroad, “hideously busy”.
• ALS to Mr. Woodward, 8 April 1932, telling him to use his name, reference to Winnie (Winnifred) Wagner.
• ALS to Mr. Coals, 6 September 1938, “I’m delighted with the look of the Poems… The book will have a fine place in my library… I’m glad that the Delaneys are moving – A bookseller’s job must be a pretty stiff one just now.”
• ALS to Miss A.V. Lucas, 28 March 1941, with envelope, re “It isn’t a good time for plays—but who knows?”
• TLS to Mrs. Gustave, 3 December 1926, re her appreciation of Harmer John.
• Woodbridge Riley. Men and Morals: The Story of Ethics. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran, & Company, 1929. Black cloth, signed presentation copy from Walpole for Highland Hall, dated 10 January 1930 on front free endpaper, obituary news clipping of Walpole on the front pastedown, remnant of paper pocket on the rear pastedown.
• 1 small B&W photo
• 1 Signed quotation, 9 December 1937: “He pulled so many chestnuts out of the fire that he became one himself—which is why he doesn’t like fires! From an unpublished novel.”
• 4 photo postcards:
- Signed postcard (photo of Walpole’s house, Brackenburn) to Douk Patmore, post-marked 17 September 1936, is finishing a book, doesn’t know when he’ll be in touch with him.
- Walpole with J.B. Priestley, “`Good Companions’ at Brackenburn”, circa 1929, verso blank;
- Walpole wearing a blazer jacket, G.P. Abraham, Ltd., Keswick, n.d. but a posthumous photo reproduction;
- Walpole with his dog, Bingo, Maysons Keswick series, n.d.
• 1 Signed piece of paper (card), n.d.
• 1 Reproduction of signed pencil portrait from a magazine, n.d.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.