Lot #256
Alfred Douglas

Douglas aims to "stir up public opinion on the question of the Jewish & other perils"
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Estimate: $300+

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Douglas aims to "stir up public opinion on the question of the Jewish & other perils"

British writer (1870-1945) who first came to prominence in the 1890s as the young intimate companion of Oscar Wilde. ALS, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, December 21, 1922. Letter to Charles P. Green, in part: "I just sent you the circular…and scarcely expected to hear from you. I dislike having to ask for help, but as I am practically penniless & am taking this action…in the public interest because I think it a Heaven-sent opportunity to stir up public opinion on the question of the Jewish & other perils…I am sorry to hear that you have been so hardly hit by present financial conditions. Thanking you for your good wishes." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Douglas's hand.

In 1920, Douglas founded a right-wing, Catholic, and deeply anti-Jewish weekly magazine called Plain English, in which he published a long-running series of articles entitled 'The Jewish Peril' by Major-General Count Cherep-Spiridovitch. In his 1929 autobiography, Douglas wrote, 'I feel now that it is ridiculous to make accusations against the Jews, attributing them qualities and methods which are really much more typically English than Jewish.'

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #602 - Ended February 10, 2021





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