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[ L. P. Hartley, novelist. ] Two typewritten drafts of his final short story 'The Ugly Picture', one headed in autograph 'First Version | (with description of <Verdley?> picture)'.

Author: 
L. P. Hartley [ Leslie Poles Hartley ] (1895-1972), English novelist and short-story writer
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ Circa 1972. ]
£350.00

'The Ugly Picture' was L. P. Hartley's final short story. It appeared in the Christmas issue of the Spectator, 23 December 1972, a few days before his death. There is a synopsis in Adrian Wright's 'Foreign Country: The Life of L. P. Hartley' (1996). Neither of the two drafts present here corresponds with the published version, whose ending, for example, has been heavily reworked from the ending to the later of the two drafts. The two items are both in good condition, each on loose leaves (one side only) of paper attached with a safety pin.

Autograph Signature ('Dudley Coutts Stuart') of Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart, husband of Princess Christine Bonaparte, and 'the friend of the Poles', on part of a letter.

Author: 
Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart (1803-1854), husband of Princess Christine Bonaparte (d. 1847), daughter of Lucien Bonaparte, and 'the friend of the Poles'
Autograph Signature ('Dudley Coutts Stuart') of Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£23.00
Autograph Signature ('Dudley Coutts Stuart') of Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart

Square of paper, neatly torn from letter. Lightly-aged and creased. On one side firm signature ('Yrs truly | Dudley Coutts Stuart'), with docketting at foot ('Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart | "The friend of the Poles" -'). On reverse: '<...> a select Committee - A short time I obtained a return of a memorial presented him to the Court of Directors'.

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