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JEROME, Jerome K. (1859-1927). Novelist and playwright.
Collection of letters to Carl Hentschel, 13½ pages 8vo with one envelope, England and Germany, and ephemera. Correspondence comprising six Autograph Letters Signed and one Letter Signed, (three signed 'JKJ'), 1899 to 1925 where dated. With two photographs (one in poor condition) a signed questionaire, dinner menus and newspaper cuttings.
A lively collection of letters to Carl Hentschel, founder of the Playgoers Club in 1884. He was identified by his son as being the inspiration for the character 'Harris' in 'Three Men in a Boat'. The 'George' referred to in the letters is likely to be George Wingrave, the basis for the 'George' character in the same book.
'... Excuse a dictated letter. I find it difficult to write. It isn't drink, its blood pressure. ...' [5 May 1925]
'... I return picture and article - why don't we look more beautiful! Just 40 years ago now. And we 3 still going - will leave at that. ...' [21 May 1925]
'... George is coming to me in Summer for a walk & bike thro Black Forest. Could you join? ...' [Dresden, no date]
'... Keep George up to the Bicycling lessons ... Its precious dull here now - wet & cold. Jenkins did not go to prison after all. Pity he cd have made an article out of it. ...' [Freiburg, 17 September 1899]
Jerome's tour of Germany provided material for 'Three Men on the Bummel', a humorous account of his travels published in 1900.
[No: 20852]


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