KINGSLEY (CHARLES) Autograph letter signed, 1855

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Lot 43
KINGSLEY (CHARLES)

£ 300 - 400
US$ 400 - 530
KINGSLEY (CHARLES)
Autograph letter signed ("CKingsley"), to "My dear Madam", assuring her how pleased he and his wife are "that you like Westward Ho": "It was hardly a pleasant book to write, for it made one feel painfully the difference between those days & these, in wh we are, as a Russian officer well said the other day, 'An Army of lions commanded by asses'"; and saying how pleased his wife is with the "real feast" of a book containing "some new bits of Tersteegen", 2 pages, integral blank, 8vo, Eversley, 8 October 1855

Footnotes

  • KINGSLEY ON WESTWARD HO! AND THE DISASTERS OF THE CRIMEAN WAR: 'Kingsley's greatest popular success, the historical novel Westward Ho! (1855), was originally planned as a patriotic anti-Catholic tale about the defeat of the Spanish Armada which he hoped would strike a sympathetic note amid contemporary anxieties about "the Pope and the French invasion", triggered by the restoration of the papal hierarchy in England in 1850 and the aggressive anti-English posturing of Emperor Napoleon III. By the time the novel was finished patriotic feeling had been redirected, as England was fighting Russia in the Crimean War, of which Kingsley was an enthusiastic supporter, but this made the novel seem even more timely. His pamphlet Brave Words for Brave Soldiers and Sailors (1855) was published the same month as Westward Ho! and distributed among the troops at Sevastopol' (Norman Vance, ODNB). No letter by Kingsley about either of his two major books is listed as sold in ABPC.
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