Lot #473
Rudyard Kipling Typed Letter Signed

"Literary agency is not by any means confined to drawing up contracts between authors of unsurpassed genius and publishers of embarrassing generosity"
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"Literary agency is not by any means confined to drawing up contracts between authors of unsurpassed genius and publishers of embarrassing generosity"

TLS, two pages, 8 x 10.5, May 31, 1895. Letter to the editor of The Critic in New York City, with several handwritten corrections throughout. in part: "Is it not possible that some of your remarks, in the Critic of the 25th May, about Literary agents would have been better for a little qualification? They give the impression that the agent sits at his ease drawing commissions from authors' sales year in and year out, for making bargains which the publisher would have made just as freely had he dealt with the author direct…Literary agency is not by any means confined to drawing up contracts between authors of unsurpassed genius and publishers of embarrassing generosity. There is also the litter matter, which most men in any profession hate, of collecting monies when they fall due. Looking at the Literary agent merely as a collector, is he paid so very much more than other collectors, or are his difficulties less?…It is his business to know which ventures are sound and which are likely to fail…He must know when and where an unauthorized publication is secretly run into the market, and must stand ready to block its way at once." In fine condition, with light creasing and staple holes to the upper right corner, and a small rusty paperclip impression to the top edge of the second page. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, hand-addressed and signed by Kipling.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #616 - Ended September 15, 2021





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