[ Norah Lofts, novelist, on dachshunds and grandchildren. ] Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Card Signed (both 'Norah Lofts') [ to Eileen M. Cond ], the former praising her 'Fidelity' as a reader, and discussing her dogs and grandchildren.

Norah Lofts [ born Norah Ethel Robinson ] (1904-1983), best-selling twentieth-century English novelist specialising in historical fiction
Publication details: 
Letter on letterhead of Northgate House, Bury St Edmunds. 17 November 1971. Card without place, dated 14 January 1960.
SKU: 20709

LETTER: 2pp., landscape 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. A sprightly missive, beginning: 'My dear, | Fidelity like yours shakes me; book after book, year after year. I'm truly appreciative. | On me dachshunds sit: sometimes two at a time, and they are heavy. Arbitrary, too: if I try to use them as props to a book or a writing pad they shuffle and stir and upset everything.' She informs her that she has become grandmother for a second time: 'This time a boy, born in August. The little girl, not 2+ is at a most enchanting – but exhausting – stage.' She hopes Cond enjoyed 'A Rose For Virtue', and adds: 'I did the best I could.' She ends with 'every good wish in the world'. Eileen M. Cond is not named, but the letter is from her papers. CARD: Small folded bifolium on thin paper, with printed coloured illustration on front. She apologises for not replying sooner: 'I've had an afflicted shoulder and was put off writing, or typing, for a bit.' She hopes she will like the book, 'when you get down to it'. Apparently 'Eileen Cond was a book collector who sent out her bookplate to her favorite authors, many of whom signed and returned them to her.'