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Letter to George Gissing from James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937), playwright and novelist. Barrie writes: "I wish you w[oul]d read, if you have not, Nancy Noon by a new man Benjamin Swift (so called) pub[lished] by Fisher Unwin, a torrent of the Meredithian, very mad but it seems to me with something of the wonderful about it. What I wish much more is that you w[oul]d come here sometime anytime you are so much wanted that the door will fly open to your step, and if you don't there seems no chance of our meeting above once in a decade."

Dated at 133 Gloucester Road, [London] S.W.

Gissing first met J.M. Barrie in June of 1896. He notes in his diary: "I had imagined Barrie rather tall, rather elegant; I found a small, slouching, boyish fellow, carelessly dressed" (see Pierre Coustillas, London and the life of literature in late Victorian England: the diary of George Gissing (Lewisburg, USA: Bucknell University Press, 1978), p. 413 ).


Published in P.F. Mattheisen, et al., The collected letters of George Gissing, volume six, 1895-1897 (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1990), pp. 195-6 .