Autograph letter signed : London, to an unidentified recipient, [no year] June 21.
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George John Whyte-Melville was a successful soldier who became a popular novelist. He was educated at Eton, and spent ten years in the army, where he became captain of the famous Coldstream Guards. After retirement from the army he engaged in various literary pursuits, including a translation of Horace, and had great success writing novels. His works are known for the verve and detail of his hunting scenes and the depiction of the sporting scene in England; it is also believed his writing had a ...
Gordon N. Ray, a graduate of Indiana University, was closely associated with the life and work of William Makepeace Thackeray. His four volume edition of the Letters and private papers appeared in 1945-1946 and his two volume biography in 1954-1955. From 1963 to 1985 Ray was president of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Ray was also an outstanding collector of English and French illustrated books. His collections formed the bases of two exhibitions held at the Pierpont Morgan Library that w...