ARTHUR STANWOOD PIER AUTOGRAPHED LETTER


Arthur Stanwood Pier was born in Pittsburgh on April 21, 1874. Arthur Stanwood Pier graduated from St. Paul’s in 1890, but, being only 16 years old at the time and judged too young for immediate entry to college, spent an additional postgraduate year at the school. He entered Harvard in 1891. Pier’s first book, an underrated novel of Cambridge life in the “aesthetic” 1890s, was The Pedagogues (1899), which took as its setting the Harvard Summer School. The Boys of St. Timothy’s, the first of his boarding school stories, followed five years later. St. Timothy’s, a lightly fictionalized version of St. Paul’s School, would be the setting of eleven more Arthur Stanwood Pier books, among them several classics of the turn-of-the-century school story genre. In 1909, Pier married Elise R. Hall of Boston, with whom he would have two children. They were a close couple — a sense of what their marriage meant to each other can be gotten from Pier’s novel The Women We Marry — and Elise’s death in 1922 came as a personal tragedy. When he retired from teaching in 1944, he moved back to Boston and resumed his career as a full-time writer. In the end, the number of titles that had proceeded from his pen was thirty two. He died on August 14, 1966, at the age of 92. Original Arthur Stanwood Pier Autographed Hand Written Letter, approx. size 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Written on letter: St. Paul’s School Concord, N.H. Feb. 24, 1931. Dear Mr. Tricker: Thank you for the compliment of your note. I am sorry to have to say that as I don’t smoke I have no cigars bands to send you. With best wishes, I am Sincerely yours, Arthur Stanwood Pier. Mr. Frank Tricker. Regular Price – $ 170.00 / Sale Price – $ 48.95.

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