Collection of correspondence, mainly publisher rejection slips, to minor poet and short story author Henry D. Muir

1901-1920. Collection consists of 17 typed letters, signed, and 3 autograph postcards, signed; many in original envelopes; very good or better. Includes items from the Black Cat Magazine, John Lane, Associated Sunday Magazines, the Critic and Literary World, and Herbert S. Stone & Co. An additional lithographically printed letter accomplished in manuscript from the Newberry Library upon the receipt of the author's "Frog Hollow Post Bag," 1904, signed J. V. Cheney (?), Librarian. A plethora of bad news, most cuttingly, perhaps, from the editor of the Black Cat Magazine, H.E. Besson (?): "We are sorry to say that 'Queen of the Reds' is not quite satisfactory. We find it is hard to follow, and that is a serious objection, especially in a story that doesn't pretend to have much plot" (March 7, 1918); "Psychics are in style any time so far as The Black Cat is concerned, but we shall have to have something stronger than 'Within the Hour,' which doesn't appeal to me at all" (March 22, 1918); "Both Mr. Cassino and I like 'Cupid and Pork Chops' but we think it is too long and too hard to read. Rewrite it some time" (August 20, 1918); "This is the only story you have ever submitted that I could not get interested in" (September 13, 1918); "Psychic stories are farthest from our thoughts just now. We are more interested in what you call the modern equivalent of the swashbucklers" (March 8th, 1920). Item #42502

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