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#638 - Stephen Crane

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Excessively rare letter by the author of The Red Badge of Courage

American author and journalist (1871–1900) best known for his novels Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and The Red Badge of Courage. ALS, one page, 5.25 x 8.25, personal letterhead, February 2, [1900]. Letter to Arthur J. Harrihill. In full: “I trust your injury will not compel you to remain indoors for much longer and to this event you have my most cordial wishes.” In very good condition, with intersecting folds, a light central block of toning, and scattered staining. After serving as a war correspondent for the New York Journal during the Spanish-American War, Crane returned to England from Havana on January 11, 1899. He and his common-law wife Cora Taylor began to move their household from their previous residence at Ravensbrook to Brede Place shortly after, establishing their permanent residence there on February 19, 1899; with the printed personal letterhead, this letter certainly dates to February of the following year, just four months before his tragically early death at age 28. An exceptionally rare letter from this influential figure in American literature, with only a handful appearing at auction the last four decades. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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