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Fine Books and Works on Paper: Day One

Wednesday 13th July 2016: 2:00pm BST

Waugh (evelyn) autograph letter signed to stanley salmen

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Waugh (Evelyn) Autograph Letter signed to Stanley Salmen, 2pp., 200 x 152mm., on paper headed Piers Court, Stinchcombe, Nr. Dursley, Glos., 22nd December, 1953, discussing limited editions and the American publication of Love Among the Ruins, one horizontal fold.

An unpublished letter from Waugh to his American publisher.

Waugh began work on Love Among the Ruins in 1950, publishing it in the UK in 1953 after a rewrite brought about by a poor initial reaction from publishers. The UK edition comprised a limited edition of 350 copies (see lot ****) and a general trade edition. The book was poorly received by critics and Waugh would later write in a letter to Graham Greene in June 1953 that it "was a bit of nonsense begun 3 years ago & hastily finished & injudiciously published." This could explain Waugh's reticence in this letter in pursuing a separate American publication for the work, either as a limited edition: "The only point about a limited, numbered edition is that it should be scarce & that would-be buyers should be disappointed," or as a more general publication, commenting instead that "It might form part of a book of short stories..." Love Among the Ruins was never separately published in the US, but appeared in Tactical Exercise, a collection of short fiction by Waugh, in 1954.

Stanley Salmen was the managing director of Little Brown & Co., Waugh's American publisher at the time.

Full Lot Details

Waugh (Evelyn) Autograph Letter signed to Stanley Salmen, 2pp., 200 x 152mm., on paper headed Piers Court, Stinchcombe, Nr. Dursley, Glos., 22nd December, 1953, discussing limited editions and the American publication of Love Among the Ruins, one horizontal fold.

An unpublished letter from Waugh to his American publisher.

Waugh began work on Love Among the Ruins in 1950, publishing it in the UK in 1953 after a rewrite brought about by a poor initial reaction from publishers. The UK edition comprised a limited edition of 350 copies (see lot ⁂*) and a general trade edition. The book was poorly received by critics and Waugh would later write in a letter to Graham Greene in June 1953 that it "was a bit of nonsense begun 3 years ago & hastily finished & injudiciously published." This could explain Waugh's reticence in this letter in pursuing a separate American publication for the work, either as a limited edition: "The only point about a limited, numbered edition is that it should be scarce & that would-be buyers should be disappointed," or as a more general publication, commenting instead that "It might form part of a book of short stories..." Love Among the Ruins was never separately published in the US, but appeared in Tactical Exercise, a collection of short fiction by Waugh, in 1954.

Stanley Salmen was the managing director of Little Brown & Co., Waugh's American publisher at the time.