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MASEFIELD John - Autograph Letter Signed regretting the disappearance of The Strand magazine

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John MASEFIELD (1878-1967)

Autograph Letter Signed (“John Masefield”) to “Dear Sirs” [evidently the staff of the Strand magazine], expressing his regret at “the excellent paper’s passing”.
2 pages oblong 8vo, Burcote Brook, Abingdon, 21 December n.y. [but probably 1949].
I thank you for your charming card.
As one who saw the first Strand Magazine, & could hardly endure the days until the next, may I say how much I regret the excellent paper’s passing? Few magazines can have kept such a standard for too long, and given greater pleasure.
I could never walk eastward in the Strand without thinking of the famous cover, & the days when even Watson did not know his methods.”
John Masefield would have been a boy of 12 when the Strand magazine first appeared in 1891, and Poet Laureate when it ceased publication in March 1950. In the intervening years, The Strand had published some of his stories. This placed Masefield on a list of popular writers who had appeared in the magazine, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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