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Clemens, Samuel L.
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Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 2,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Clemens, Samuel L.

Two autograph letters to the Southern poet and novelist, Virginia Frazer Boyle

Autograph letter signed ("S. L. Clemens"), 2 pages, "Ampersand", New Hampshire, [Dublin],16 September 1901, thanks her for a gift and "for the darling poem, which is lovely & beautiful & eloquent with the spirit of those same lost & lamented days," and invites her and her husband to travel to New York and visit with them at Riverdale. — Autograph letter signed ("S. L. Clemens"), 2 1/2 pages on mourning stationery, Dublin, New Hampshire, 17 July 1905, declares he has a stack of manuscripts to work on. Together with: holograph envelope; light soiling.


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Virginia Frazer Boyle was born in 1863 in Tennessee. At the age of ten, she recited a poem to Jefferson Davis who pronounced her the "poet laureate of the Confederacy." Her professional literary career began at the age of fourteen when Harper's accepted one of her poems for publication. Clemens writes to Boyle in July 1905 about his work habits at his summer retreat in New Hampshire while paying homage to her literary talents: "We are here for 6 months, & shall go home when the cold drives us. I shall find your book there [Serena, a novel] if it doesn't come here — & there is the right place, for I do not read anything interesting when I am at work, because it breaks my thread, & summer is my work-time. He reports that he has only lost one work day out of the sixty or so days residing in Dublin. "The resulting stack of manuscript is pretty high."  Mrs. Boyle was one of the dinner guests at Clemens's 70th birthday party held later that year, and paid him, like other literary lights, a poetic tribute.

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