AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS). 2 pages, dated 18 February 1931, to "Dear Miss [Dorothy] Sayers", signed "R. Austin Freeman." Freeman "should like" Sayers "to have one of my stories & I feel greatly flattered by your desire to include me in your anthology; but it is really not practicable for me to go behind my agents. We have our respective provinces & we must keep to them. Their business is to grind the face of the publisher; mine is to supply the emery wherewith to execute the grinding... I will write to Mr. Watt & tell him that I have heard from you & let him know what my sentiments are on the subject, but I cannot put pressure on him to induce him to act against his judgment or in any way embarrass him in the conduct of his - & my - affairs." Ultimately, Sayers acquired Freeman's short story "The Echo of a Mutiny" (a.k.a. "Death on the Girder") which she published in her anthology, GREAT SHORT STORIES OF DETECTION, MYSTERY AND HORROR, THIRD SERIES (Gollancz 1934). "I must thank you for your kind inquiries concerning my health; which is slowly improving & may, if I live long enough, return nearly to normal. Some day I hope to turn up at a 'Detection Club' dinner & give myself the pleasure of making the acquaintance of some of my fellow sleuths. The club seems to be a triumphant success & promises to develop into a really important institution. It does very great credit to the organizing power & initiative of those who, like yourself & Mr. Cox, saw it through its perilous infancy. I must also thank you for your very kind reference to my books. The quality of your own work makes a compliment from you specially gratifying & encouraging; particularly to an aged Victorian who is none too confident of his powers to maintain a respectable standard of achievement." Approximately 400 words. A charming letter from Freeman (1862-1943), creator of Dr. Thorndyke, the world's premier scientific detective, to Sayers (1893-1957), creator of Lord Peter Wimsey, a writer whose goal was to make the detective novel "more a novel of manners than a crossword puzzle." Faint mailing creases, else fine. A wonderful letter. (#96344).

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