[ Pauline Niven, wife of novelist Frederick Niven. ] Autograph Letter Signed to the poet Sylvia Lynd, discussing her husband's ill health, his work and other matters.

Pauline Niven [ born Mary Pauline Thorne-Quelch (d.1968) ], wife of the Scots-Canadian novelist Frederick Niven [ Frederick John Niven ] (1878-1944) [ Sylvia Lynd [ née Dryhurst ] (1888-1952), poet ]
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202B Victoria Street, Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. 23 September 1943.
SKU: 18653

8pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting letter, written four months before the death of her husband. She begins: 'Dearest Sylvia - | I meant to write to you last month because I am one of those tiresome people who remember anniversaries & it was in August that you both came down to the Windermere to see us. But in August Frederick had a severe heart-attack - the worst he has had - and anniversaries & everthing else were forgotten.' She describes the circumstances and the'immediate result', as well as the changes which have had to be made as a result of his illness. Among the couple's occasional visitors has been 'I. A. Richards of Basic English'. She speculates on the effect of writing 'Canadian books' on his health. She turns to lighter matters, including newspaper and magazine formats, and the books with which she emerges from the eaves of their house. 'I hope the result of this torrent of words will be a long chatter letter from you telling us about yourselves & others. We still miss Walpole [the novelist Hugh Walpole, who had died in 1941] - how much more must he be misseed by those who saw him often.'