Lot #426
O. Henry

O. Henry re-writes a sloppy story: "The title will come with the last installment—it has to be made from the complete story"
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Estimate: $800+

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O. Henry re-writes a sloppy story: "The title will come with the last installment—it has to be made from the complete story"

Short story writer born William Sydney Porter (1862-1910) known for his use of the surprise ending. Uncommon ALS signed “Sydney Porter,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.75 x 9.5, no date. Handwritten letter to "Col. Griffith," in full: "Keep your shirt on. I found I had to re-write the story when it came in. I am sending you part of it just so you will have something tangible to remind you that you can't measure the water from the Pierian Spring in spoonfuls. I've got the story in much better form; & I'll have the rest of it ready this evening. I'm sorry to have delayed it; but it's best for both of us to have it a little late & a good deal better. I'll send over the rest before closing time this afternoon or the first thing in the morning. In its revised form I'm much better pleased with it." He adds a handwritten postscript, initialed "S.P.," in full: "The title will come with the last installment—it has to be made from the complete story." In very good to fine condition, with creasing, light toning and staining, and splitting to the top of the hinge.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #604 - Ended March 10, 2021





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