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Lot #383
Arthur Conan Doyle

“COULD NOT DELIVER THE GOODS”: DOYLE turns down an American offer, noting that “a great deal of one’s time goes in war work”

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“COULD NOT DELIVER THE GOODS”: DOYLE turns down an American offer, noting that “a great deal of one’s time goes in war work”

Scottish author (1859–1930) whose stories featuring fictional detective Sherlock Holmes revolutionized the genre of crime fiction. Holmes himself would eventually earn a place among the most familiar and durable characters in the annals of English literature, and his exploits would inspire countless incarnations on stage and screen. ALS, one page, 5 x 8, personal Windlesham letterhead, January 4, 1916. Doyle writes to Professor William Craig in Philadelphia. In full: “Your cabled offer is a generous one but alas I could not deliver the goods—not up to a decent sample anyhow. You can well understand that we are entirely preoccupied at present and that a great deal of one’s time goes in war work of one form or another. Thank you none the less….” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Doyle’s hand and an original cabinet photo. In very good condition, with intersecting folds (vertical fold to “C”), scattered light soiling, and light handling wear with a few small edge tears to letter, and light soiling to photo with a few edge losses to mount. Auction LOA John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #332 - Ended April 16, 2008