• 19th Century Writer Frank R. Stockton Grateful For Notices, Searches For Information

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    FRANK R. STOCKTON (April 5, 1834 – April 20, 1902) was an American writer and humorist, best known for a series of innovative children’s fairy tales that were very popular in the last decades of the 19th century.  Stockton poked fun at greed, violence, abuse of power and other human foibles, describing his fantastic characters’ adventures in a charming, matter-of-fact way in stories like, “The Griffin and the Minor Cannon,” “The Bee-Man of Orn,” and his most famous, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”

    2 pp, 5 x 8, ALS, Washington, DC, Dec. 2, [18]86 to Mr. Ellsworth.  “Accept my thanks for your kind thoughtfulness in sending these notices. They are very interesting to me and I hope they may make the book bounce along in a way which will be interesting to us all.


    “I would like much to know what has been said – if anything has been said—about ‘The Hundredth Man.’  Some time, perhaps, you may send me some notices of that. But don’t put yourself of any trouble about it. I hope to be in N.Y. about Jan. 1.


    “Yours very truly


    “Frank R. Stockton”


    Previous mounting residue obvious at the top, not impacting the writing.  A fine example of literary Americana.


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