SIR EDWIN ARNOLD Autograph Letter Signed.
British poet, author and journalist. Author of 'The Light of Asia'.
ALS. 2pp. 225 Cromwell Mansions, Kensington, SW. October 28th 1897. To "Dear Madam".
"I read with sympathy and interest your letters about your talented grandchildren, but I can do nothing at present to assist them, as I am ill and confined to the house. Try to get our musical editor, Mr J. Bennett, Daily Telegraph Office, City, E.C. to be interested in them. He is very influential. Say I recommended the little ladies to him. Yours truly, Edwin Arnold".
Bifolium. 8vo. Approx 17.5 x 11 cms. Very good.
Edwin Arnold won the Newdigate Prize for poetry in 1852. After time spent in India as an educationalist (including the period of the Indian Mutiny) he returned to the UK where he established himself as a respected poet. He joined the staff of the Daily Telegraph, rising to the position of editor, a post he held for 40 years. During this time he was responsibly for sending Henry Morton Stanley to Africa to discover the course of the Congo River (Stanley named a mountain after Edwin Arnold whilst there) and he also conceived the idea of the great trade route across he length of the African continent and coined the phrase "Cape to Cairo". His great poetic work 'The Light of Asia' is an epic in eight books which interprets the life and philosophy of the East.