[Lord Leverhulme, industrial magnate, co-founder of Unilever.] Typed Letter Signed ('Leverhulme') giving his opinion of Brooks's book 'The Devil's Decade'.

Lord Leverhulme [William Hulme Lever, 2nd Viscount Leverhulme] (1888-1949), industrial magnate, co-founder of Unilever [Collin Brooks (1893-1959), journalist]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Thornton Manor, Thornton Hough, Wirral, Cheshire. 27 February 1948.
SKU: 20867

.1p., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with staple mark to one corner. He has just finished reading Brooks's book, which he has greatly enjoyed. 'To look back on that period, as you present it, gives one a sense of proportion and enables one to see it as a whole, in a way that was impossible while living through it'. He was particularly impressed by the concluding chapters, 'especially the one about Bernard Shaw and Noel Coward, and the two dealing with representative actors and novelists of the period', both of which are 'brilliant essays'. He hopes the success of the book will be Brooks's reward. Accompanying the letter is a carbon of Brooks's typed reply, 1 March 1948. 1p., 12mo. 'Such praise is difficult to acknowledge, but you will know how much I appreciate it. It is particularly welcome coming from you, who are so fully able to assess the difficulty of my task.' Postscript in Brooks's genuine autograph (in blue ink, not a carbon copy): 'My reward is letters such as yours.'