n.p. n.p., 1924-1930. 6 letters on 7 sheets (varying sizes) all but 1 on Coppard's stationary. Cape letter splitting at folds, others all about very good. Item #23064
All are addressed to "Dear Mr. Grubb" - a member of the London office staff of G. P. Putnam's Sons. All relate in some manner to literary concerns, including - in a 2-page letter of 21-3-27 - Coppard's opinion of Gertrude Stein's "A Description of the Fifteenth of November." In a 4-page letter dated 6-2-30 Coppard provides extensive biographical information about himself as well as dated lists of his published works and projected dates for upcoming publications. The preceding seems to explain the Jonathan Cape letter - dated 13th Feb., 1930 - a reply to Mr. Grubb's request for biographical details on Coppard, stating that "He is something of a recluse and even in our own publicity we find it very difficult to extract any information at all, in fact . . . we have none of a personal nature." The last letter, dated 13-11-30 - following the salutation "Here you are, Mr. Grubb!" contains an untitled poem in 8 lines: "I made this book, / But it came out pink; / Like a Harlem cook / I made this book. / O, the pains I took / With my blue-black ink! / I made this book -- / but it came out pink. [signed] A. E. Coppard." This perhaps reflecting the publication in March, 1930 of Coppard's "Pink Furniture: A Tale for Lovely Children with Noble Natures."