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Autograph letter. July 27 to A. St. John Adcock

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Mary Webb. Autograph letter signed, July 27 [1920], to Arthur St. John Adcock, three pages on one folded leaf. Webb has made the assumption that Doran (the American publisher of the Bookman) would have business dealings while in London with Adcock, the London editor of the Bookman. In this letter, Webb asks Adcock to pass an enclosure to Doran. The enclosure may have been the manuscript for Webb’s short story “Caer Cariad,” which was printed by Doran in the February 1921 issue of the Bookman. Doran had recently published the American edition of Webb’s third novel, The House in Dormer Forest, and had also agreed to advance £300 for American rights to Webb’s fourth novel. Webb also queries whether Adcock has received a copy of her new book, The House in Dormer Forest, and mentions that she hasn’t seen it reviewed. Webb ends her letter to Adcock by offering to do literary review work. Three years later, Webb became a prolific reviewer for the Bookman, contributing twenty-five book reviews between December 1923 and September 1927 (one month before her death).