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Item 473 - A. A. Milne Catalog 555 (May 2019)

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Archive containing one letter signed by A. A. Milne, plus 21 letters written and signed by his wife Daphne, all sent to their friends Vincent and Barbara Seligman. The author's LS is signed "A. A. Milne," one page, 5.5 x 7.5, Mallord Street letterhead, December 11, [no year], in full: "I have already told the management that your mother wanted to try two stalls, an that they were to be in the first or second row. Daff had arranged with her to do this some time ago. So I hope that she has heard from the theatre by now." A. A. Milne adds a short postscript, "You must come to dine afterward."

The balance of the letters, though undated, follow the lives of the Milne family from about 1920 through the purchase of their home in the country in 1924. Some of the revealing comments in Daphne's letters include: "Blue [A. A. Milne's nickname] has got one of his literary society dinners. Will you come and console me?"; "We are beginning to get excited over 'The Dover Road' [a 1922 Milne play] & the cast is now practically complete"; "I am so glad you are seeing the Punch verses. Aren't the Shepard drawings adorable & so exactly right"; "Alan is at this moment deep (and with very rumpled hair) in a poem he is writing for the Star for Christmas eve"; and "Moon [Christopher Robin's nickname] has gone to his boarding school & we are feeling extremely quiet!" In overall fine condition. The Milnes would come to develop a long-term friendship with Vincent and Barbara Seligman that would last over thirty years. Like A. A. Milne, Vincent Seligman was a writer, and he dedicated his 1923 book Oxford Oddities to Milne.

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