HOPE, ANTHONY. 1863-1933.
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Anthony Hope"), being the manuscript for the short story "A Stage on the Road," 14 pp, 4to, n.p., , on blue paper, with occasional holograph revisions, with folds, some smudges, with compositor's names in the margins of each leaf, wear to edges, file holes to upper corner, mounted on stubs. Bound in crushed morocco by Riviere & Son, lightly bumped.
Provenance: Swann, October 25, 1988.
The complete manuscript for the short story "A Stage on the Road" as it appeared in The English Illustrated Magazine, December 1893. It was variously collected in book form as above and as "Resistance" in the collection Frivolous Cupid. Interestingly, the title here is emended in holograph, with the original title, "The Last Forty," still visible. The story follows Harry Sterling, recently graduated, as he tries to make his way newly awakened into the world of romance and society, much in the vein of his Dolly Dialogues.
Sir Anthony Hope is best known as the author of The Prisoner of Zenda, and was one of the most popular and prolific writers of the late 19th- and early 20th-century. While his adventures stories brought him fame, his high society "conversations", as in this manuscript, were declared unforgettable and personified "in his heroes a frame of mind in the modern Englishman, which has never been put in black and white so completely before" (The Living Age, 1907).