HENLEY, William Ernest (1849-1903). Poet, critic and dramatist.
Autograph Letter Signed ['W.E.H.'] to [H.B.] Marriott Watson (1863-1921, novelist), 2 pages 8vo (facing), 11 Howard Place, Edinburgh, 25 December 1891. Giving literary advice to a younger writer whom he evidently regarded as his protegé, announcing his second volume of The Song of the Sword and sending seasonal greetings.
'You are quite right: work the lighter, the more humorous, vein a little more. To be printed & exquisite is well & well enough - as I, who brought you into the world of print, know better than anybody. ...'Henley, who had lost a leg to tuberculosis of the bone, is said to have been the original of Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Long John Silver'. His daughter, who died at the age of five, was the inspiration for Barrie's Wendy in Peter Pan.
Provenance: deaccessioned manuscript from Boston University, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
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