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du Maurier, Daphne (1907 – 1989)

A good three-page autograph letter signed, April 7th 1943, ‘Daphne’, written to her publisher Victor Gallancz.

Du Maurier opens, ‘Of course I understand about the printing difficulties, and I will not say a word to anyone about it. I somehow can’t believe the demand will exceed your figure, because, being a stolid leisurely sort of book it may  not be everyone’s money.’

She goes on, ‘I know you have been far too busy to read Hungry Hill or anything else, and I only hope that you succeed in moving the authorities before very long. I am sure you have powerful backing in the county, by most of the right people, but the machinery is so heartbreakingly slow. And there is such an undercurrant [sic] of anti-Semitism that needs watching.’

She closes, ‘I wonder if you would ask Miss Housman whether I could have my six advance copies (and three others to be paid for) in time for Easter? Your publication date being May 6yh, this may be possible. Best wishes, as usual, for all your efforts. Yours ever, Daphne.’

In very fine condition, with pencil annotations in another hand.