[ Ethel Mannin, novelist and travel writer. ] Typed Card Signed ('E M') to Sewell Stokes, explaining why she declines to write an introduction for his autobiography, and referring to Isadora Duncan.

Ethel Mannin [ Ethel Edith Mannin ] (1900-1984), novelist, travel writer and socialist [ Francis Martin Sewell Stokes (1902-1979), author and broadcaster ]
Publication details: 
Wimbledon [ London ] postmark. 23 May 1934.
SKU: 20568

Unillustrated official 'POST CARD' with printed penny stamp. Addressed on one side, with Wimbledon postmark, to 'Sewell Stokes, Esq., | 53, Holland Park, W.11.' In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Twelve typed lines of text. The subject of the text is Stokes's forthcoming autobiography 'Monologue' (Hutchinson, 1934), with Mannin referring to her own 'Confessions and Impressions' (Jarrolds, 1930). After thanking him for his letter she writes: 'I am glad you have decided to dispense with an introduction to the book – books, particularly of this kind, should stand on their own legs . . . if at all, and the older I get the more I am agin them, except in very exceptional circumstances (which means, of course, that I regret mine – deeply)'. She explains that 'being agin such books I couldn't do what you want, though I wish you luck'. Concluding on the subject of Stokes's 'Isadora Duncan: An Intimate Portrait' (Brentano's, 1928) she writes: 'I visited Elizabeth Duncan in Salzburg last summer and met Seroff in Vienna, and recalled you book on Isadora.'