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Winston Churchill Typed Letter Signed to His Swedish Publisher on Books

Churchill comments on his literary output, "Triumph and Tragedy" and "The History of the English-Speaking Peoples"

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Churchill comments on his literary output, "Triumph and Tragedy" and "The History of the English-Speaking Peoples"

TLS signed “Yours sincerely, Winston S. Churchill,” one page, 7.5 x 9.5, 10 Downing Street letterhead, May 13, 1954. Letter to his Swedish publisher Bertil Steiner, in full: "I am most obliged to you for your letter of April 28 and for the beautifully bound copy of Triumph and Tragedy, which I shall be proud to place with the other volumes. I appreciate the kind remarks you make about the work; our relations have indeed been agreeable and memorable. With regard to what you say about The History of the English-Speaking Peoples. I have as yet made no concrete plans and will not be able to start work on it for some time and I would prefer to leave the whole question in abeyance for the time being." In fine condition, with file holes along the left edge.

As Britain's prime minister for most of the Second World War, Winston Churchill had an unparalleled perspective on the conflict. After leaving office in 1945, he produced a remarkable six-volume account—Triumph and Tragedy being Vol. VI—which holds a very high place in the ranks of nonfiction books of the 20th century. The comprehensive series was a major success in both Great Britain and the United States, and was largely responsible for his being awarded the 1953 Nobel Prize for Literature 'for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.' Churchill's four-volume A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, also referenced here, was published between 1956 and 1958.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #680 - Ended December 06, 2023





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