ARNOLD, Edwin Lester. 17781



Autograph Letter Signed, to the literary agent, W.M.Colles, thanking him for placing ‘A Dreadful Journey’ with the Pall Mall Magazine, pleased that it will be illustrated. 3 pp. 8 x 5 inches, some soiling, filing annotation, a few blemishes. 8 Cavendish Place, Clapham Common, 28 February 1893. Edwin Lester Arnold (1857-1935), author, became a journalist in 1883, and published his first books A Holiday In Scandinavia (1877) and Bird Life In England (1887) before writing his first novel The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phoenician. Arnold’s Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation is considered important to 20th century science fiction literature, in that it may have inspired the Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom series, which was written six years later. Indeed, both Gullivar and Burroughs’s character John Carter, first seen in A Princess of Mars (1917), are Southern United States soldiers who arrive on Mars and have numerous adventures, including falling in love with a Martian princess.