Typed Letter Signed TOGETHER WITH Selections Autobiographical and Imaginative from the works of George Gissing with an Introduction by Virginia Woolf referred to by her in the letter SELECTIONS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AND IMAGINATIVE. FROM THE WORKS OF GEORGE GI

Typed Letter Signed TOGETHER WITH Selections Autobiographical and Imaginative from the works of George Gissing with an Introduction by Virginia Woolf referred to by her in the letter SELECTIONS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AND IMAGINATIVE. FROM THE WORKS OF GEORGE GI

Woolf, Virginia; Gissing, George

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Place Published: London and New York
Publisher: Virginia Woolf; Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith
Date Published: 1932 and 1929
Edition: First edition
Condition: Very Good
Book Id: 6381

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An ORIGINAL TYPED LETTER SIGNED FROM VIRGINIA WOOLF to a Miss Middlebrook who presumably has asked Virginia Woolf for for information for use by Miss Middlebrook in a biography of George Gissing that she (Miss Middlebrook) apparently intends to write. Apologizing for her inability to be of much help to Miss Middlebrook, Woolf states: "I am afraid that I can give you very / little information about George Gissing. // I never knew him; my estimate, / expressed in my introduction, is / therefore solely of his work. I believe / that Mr Morley Roberts was a great / friend [typo corrected by Woolf in her hand] of his; and is still alive. But / I do not know where, [this comma added in Woolf's hand] or if he would be / willing to give you information.... / My impression is that Gissing lived a good / deal [sic] shut off from literary society, / and was not associated with any / group. Except for Mr. Wells I have never / met anyone who knew him." Woolf then expresses her doubts about whether or not a book about Gissing's private life would even be possible and states that if her letter's addressee desires to deal with Gissing's private life and that "...if so, / since he was unfortunate, I believe / in his marriage, and other relations / no doubt it would be best to / consult his son. If you are only deal / ing with his work, of course / he is an interesting writer, and / should make a good subject for / criticism. I am sorry to be so little help. // Yours sincerely // Virginia Woolf [Original Signature]. The letter is on Virginia Woolf's blue-green headed letterhead providing her 52 Tavistock Square address and her phone number. The letter is dated "10th Oct.I932". Affixed to a larger piece of stiff, toned, paper, the letter is in Very Good + condition with one horizontal fold and one vertical fold, and shows only minor toning; TOGETHER WITH a Very Good or better copy of the first American edition, first printing (the sheets of which were printed in Edinburgh, Great Britain, along with the sheets of the first UK edition), of "George Gissing Selections, Autobiographical and Imaginative, with Critical Notes by His Son, A. C. Gissing, and an Introduction by Virginia Woolf", the book showing modest rubs to the board corners and spine ends, as well as modest shelf wear to the board bottoms. The scarce dust jacket shows some edge wear, several short tears and tiny chips, and some wear to the spine head (where some incipient chips have been strengthened by a bit of archival binding tape applied to the spine head's verso. AN EXCELLENT AND QUITE UNCOMMON SET OF LETTER AND BOOK which are connected to each other, thus connecting two highly-notable 20th Century writers, each item being rather scarce, with the letter from Woolf having excellent content and, in spite of her protestations to the contrary, revealing the essence of George Gissing's character. [The letter is not in the Hogarth Press Edition of "The Letters of Virginia Woolf" edited by Nigel Nicholson.] QUITE SCARE INDEED.


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