[Rita Spurr, poet.] Autograph Letter Signed to playwright Christopher Fry, with copy of her Guild Press poetry pamphlet 'Footprint in Snow', and New Year card with photographic print.

Rita Spurr, Manchester poet and social worker [John Hoffman, proprietor of the Poetry Guild, Holymoorside, Chesterfield, whose imprint was The Guild Press; Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
Letter: Flat 4, 7 Netherhall Gardens, Hampstead [London]; 31 December 1954. Pamphlet (in 'The Guild Poets' series): The Guild Press, Holymoorside, Chesterfield; August 1954. New Year card for 1954 / 1955.
SKU: 21943

Three items (letter, photographic card, and pamphlet), all in good condition. ONE: ALS. 31 December 1954. 1p, 8vo. Signed '(Mrs.) Rita Spurr.' and addressed to 'Dear Mr. Christopher Fry'. She begins by thanking him 'for the very great pleasure & stimulus' which she derived 'during the year that is passed' from his play 'The Dark is Light Enough'. She has 'long wanted' to tell Fry 'how much I admire & rely on your works & on their superb literary- & human-quality, ever since my eyes & ears were wide-opened after the first act of the first performance of “The Lady's not for Burning” at the Arts Theatre'. She asks him to accept 'a copy of a selection of my own poems: “Footprint in Snow”, published this year (& now in a second impression) by the Guild Press', and hopes that he 'may find a moment to read & have a little pleasure from one or two of them'. TWO: Black and white photographic print of woman walking under arch between ancient buildings, signed in pencil 'D. H. S.' on the card in which it is inserted, signed by Spurr with her caption 'Peace go with you and sunlit hours'. THREE: Poetry pamphlet by Spurr, titled 'Footprint in Snow', published by the Guild Press. 16pp, 8vo. Saddle-stitched into grey printed wraps with flaps. First page with text printed in black, with illustration of chalice and book against star burst printed in red. Twenty-one poems, in the Georgian mode, relating to a bereavement 'a year ago', and dedicated 'To David'. Despite the comment in the letter above, there is no indication that the pamphlet is a second impression. There are four copies of the pamphlet on COPAC.