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Fleming, Ian
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT ARTICLE ON JAMAICA
a partial working draft of his piece published as "Adventures in the Sun: Blue Mountain Solitaire", with extensive cancelled passages, in blue and black ink, 3 pages of a single bifolium, folio, [1956]; with galley proofs of the complete article, 2 pages, manuscript with 35mm. tear at bottom edge not affecting text 
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"...Ever since I came to Jamaica I have been interested in the Solitaire (I even stole its sweet name for the heroine of one of my books) because it is so seldom seen & because of the renown of its song..."

In this manuscript Fleming explains what intrigues him about the rufous-throated solitaire, a Caribbean thrush, and led him to undertake an expedition to spot the bird in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. Fleming famously took the name James Bond from the author of Birds of the West Indies, and he here admits that his ornithological interests also lay behind the name of the psychic virgin Solitaire in Live and Let Die. The completed article was first published in The Times on 8 April 1956 (Gilbert C54).

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