Autograph Letter Signed / Autograph Manuscript Signed

DODD, Lee Wilson (1879-1933)

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American dramatist, poet and novelist; books include "His Majesty Bunker Bean," "The Changeling," "Speed," "Pals First," "Lilia Chenoworth" and "The Book of Susan." Two items: First, an ALS, 1p, 5½" X 8½", New Haven, CT, 1923 January 16. Addressed to Albert Johannsen (1871-1962), a University of Chicago geology professor who authored "The House of Beadle and Adams and Its Dime and Nickel Novels" (1950), the definitive reference work on the subject. Fine. "I enclose a first-draft sheet from the novel I am at present at work on," he writes. "As you see, it is chaos. But you see, the explanation is this -- I have my type-writer before me, and a sheaf of paper beside it. On the paper I scribble & fiddle around in long-hand until I get a paragraph or a few sentences composed; then I copy these on the typewriter, but usually making many additional changes as I do so. -- This merely to explain the extraordinary appearance of the sheet." Second is the aforementioned "first-draft sheet," an AMS, 1p, 8½" X 11", n.p., 1923 January 15. Near fine. Several meaty paragraphs penned in black ink in Dodd's miniscule but legible hand, with a few crossouts, some added text, etc. At lower right, he boldly inscribes it "Presented to / Prof. Albert Johannsen / by / Lee Wilson Dodd / Jan. 15 - 1923." A fun pair: an explanation by the author of his work method and an actual example of it. Accompanied by Johannsen's original 8½" X 11" file folder, bearing a printed "Collection of Albert Johannsen" label (partly filled in by Johannsen). Bookseller Inventory # 26770

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts has been buying and selling quality books, autographs and ephemera since 1991. We specialize in general antiquarian, first editions, signed books and autographs and documents. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA), Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Manuscript Society.

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