Autograph Letter, Signed.

By: Nye, Bill.

Price: $135.00

Quantity: 1 available


No place, no date (but roughly 1886-1891), to "My dear Colonel", sending a manuscript (no longer present), and joking around: "In the enclosed, I have made some damning admissions regarding my connection with the authorship of Beautiful Snow....I would rather tell it myself as it actually is than have it discovered accidentally and perhaps garbled by the press." He gives his expected date of arrival home (Staten Island) and conveys some pleasantries, signing "Bill Nye". Then a postscript: "Should any part of the 'admission' be too strong in any way run your fatal navy blue pencil through it and thus oblige me very much.", this time signing "E.W.N" (Edgar Wilson Nye, his real name). "The Beautiful Snow" was a poem of the death of a prostitute, first published anonymously in "Harper's Weekly" on November 8, 1858. It was very popular, and interest in identity of the author was widespread. This meant that several people claimed ownership of it, creating a controversy serious to a few and hilarious to many. Parodies were written - Bill Nye wrote one - it's included in "...Chestnuts Old and New. Latest Gathering" (1888). William Cullen Bryant included the poem in an anthology in 1871, "A Library of Poetry and Song...". He did some investigation of conflicting authorship claims and determined it was written by John Whitaker Watson, a business man-poet, and this is the consensus today. See Stevenson, "Famous Single Poems and the Controversies Which Have Raged Around Them", 1924. One page, pasted to a slightly larger sheet. Some paste stains, several folds, a little toning, but a Very Good letter.

Title: Autograph Letter, Signed.

Author Name: Nye, Bill.

Categories: Other,

Seller ID: nye,bill.135noplace,nodate(butroughly1886-1891),