Description: We offer two autograph letters signed by American drama critic William Winter (1836-1917) written in 1890 and 1906. The first letter is a request for two seats at the Fifth Avenue Theatre “to be given to the bearer, this evening” (February 6, 1890). The second letter is a reply to his lawyer saying “I am gratified to know that you like my Review of the Dramatic Season.”
Winter had a long career in the literary world and was a member of The Pfaffians, the radical and influential New York literary circle where he rubbed elbows with people like Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Winslow Homer, and Horatio Alger Jr. He was a poet, an editor of multiple newspapers, and a dramatic and literary critic for the Albion, Harper’s Weekly, and Horace Greeley’s Tribune.
The 1890 letter is written on an 8” x 5” sheet of lined paper, most likely from a notebook. The 1906 letter is written on a folded piece of paper that measures: 7 7/8” x 4”. Item #A00819.
Condition: 1890 letter: fold lines, uneven left border from where the page was removed from a notebook. 1906 letter: mounting remnants on verso, some light soil at bottom right blank corner corner. Both, otherwise, in good condition, quite readable, and with strong signatures.