Indian novelist (1890-1936) considered to be the first successful Indian man of letters in the United States, who won the Newbery Medal in 1928; he committed suicide by hanging in 1936. ALS signed “D. G. Mukerji,” one page, 8 x 11, November 18, 1931. Letter about the term 'Jihadi,' which appeared in his 1926 mystery novel The Secret Listeners of the East. In full: "The word Jehadi that appears in The Secret Listeners of the East is derived from the word Jehad—Holy War of Islam. Jehadi is a crusader of Islam. The book Secret Listeners of the East is based on reports of the British Police officers who were engaged in British India during 1918-21 to track down Mohammadan nationalists of the violent school. Whether any secret society was named Jehadi I do not know." In fine condition, with small semicircles of discoloration to two corner tips. Accompanied by a small unsigned glossy photo of the author.
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