Description: American mystery writer, Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958), known as the American Agatha Christie, typed and signed this 1923 letter to Mr. Richard Allen Thornburgh of The Evansville Courier, telling him that she is “exceedingly tired and very rushed just now” but that she is keeping his letter “in the hope that the time will come when I can write something for you.”
Mary Roberts Rinehart is known for inventing the “Had-I-But-Known” school of mystery writing, as seen in The Circular Staircase (1908), and is considered the source of the phrase “The butler did it” from her 1930 novel, The Door, though the novel does not use that exact wording.
Typed on Elmer Dyer’s personal stationery, as manager of Washington D.C.’s Wardman Park Hotel, measuring 10 ½’ x 8 ¼”. Item #A01003.
Condition: Fold lines, some feathering at the “ry” of “Mary”, otherwise in good condition with a large, bold signature.