16 June 2016
PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
LONDON, Jack. Autograph letter signed (“Jack London”) to “Dear Michael.” [Oakland], 23 October 1912. 4 page, 4to, torn, with repairs on verso, two corners renewed.
“AT THE END… I… KISSED HIM ON THE LIPS. I ALWAYS LOVED HIM”
Jack London writes to his friend Michael [Monahan? Editor of The Papyrus] that he is in Oakland “where Charmian had just undergone an operation, and where my eldest daughter is seriously down with typhoid.” He continues to remember his recent visit to New York and writes about a mutual friend: “Poor ‘Blas’ --- in his last days, despite all one’s love for him, he was difficult to get along with. He was feverishly burning himself out, and was really not accountable. Those last days of our stay in Harlem he really behaved like a ‘madman’ --- a beloved madman, for I sent for him compelled lines to thresh things out gave him hell, and at the end of it did what I had intended at the beginning ----- kissed him on the lips. I always loved him.”
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