288
288
Christie, Agatha
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 1,750 USD
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288
Christie, Agatha
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 1,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Christie, Agatha
Autograph letter signed ("Agatha Christie"), 3 1/2 pages (7 x 5 1/4 in.; 178 x 134 mm) on a bifolium of Winterbrook House letterhead, Wallingford, Berkshire, 10 November [1945], to Lois Weir (at Blackfoot, Idaho), with original autograph envelope; mounting remnant to envelope verso. Green buckram portfolio.
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The Queen of Crime Fiction patiently answers "a lot of questions" from an American fan and aspiring author. "I started thinking about stories & planning them about 12. I sold a poem & a story when I was about 20—but most of them came back! My first book was refused—it was a very long novel. My first book to be taken was The Mysterious Affair at Styles—I think I was 22 then. One of my sisters writes plays & an occasional short story. I didn't know many professional writers apart from Eden Phillpotts (who writes books about Dartmoor) who was very kind & encouraging to me & urged me to go on writing." But Christie warns Weir that she does not "think anyone can help you much—except on mechanical points such as length, form, etc.—or possibly criticize a very glaring fault or inconsistencies."

Christie concludes with a summary of her life during the Blitz: "Yes, it's wonderful that the war is over. And I have stayed in London all through it & have seen every kind of bomb & always slept in my own bed & not in a shelter. Have had one house bombed so as to be uninhabitable—& windows broken several times. I have been working in a Hospital Dispensary all through."

THE JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: ARTS & SCIENCES, INCLUDING THE MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

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