JOHN GALSWORTHY Autograph Letter Signed.
British (English) novelist. Author of 'The Forsyte Saga'. Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1932.
ALS. 1p. Station Hotel, Inverness. August 20th 1928. To [Arthur St John] Adcock.
"Here is a note on young H.A. Manhood's 'Nightseed'. If this young man fulfills the promise of this book there will be a new star in the firmament. Yours very sincerely, JOHN GALSWORTHY
8vo. 18 x 11.5 cms (7 x 4.5 inches). Central fold, a few very light foxing spots. Fine.
Harold Alfred Manhood's 'Nightseed & Other Stories' was a collection of short stories with a touch of strangeness and the supernatural. It is now regarded as being amongst the author's best work and a minor classic of the genre. When it first appeared it was much admired by John Galsworthy, Henry Williamson and H.E. Bates. St John Adcock was editor of the literary periodical 'The Bookman' and it appears that John Galsworthy is here contributing a review of 'Nightseed' to the periodical. Although Manhood is regarded as one of the best of the short story writers of the 1930s, he did not quite become the "new star in the firmament" that Galsworthy predicts. Instead, Manhood all but gave up writing by the end of the 1930s - choosing, instead, to live in a converted railway carriage and brew his own cider.