COKE, Desmond. 19704



Autograph Letter Signed, and 6 Autograph Correspondence Cards signed DC, all addressed to the painter, Arthur Bentley Connor, about meeting up, being broke, silhouettes, travelling, etc. In good condition. 1913. Desmond Frances Talbot Coke (1879-1931) served on the Western Front. Invalided out of the Army due to a heart problem, Desmond became a teacher at Clayesmore School. He wrote adventure stories for boys and used the pen-name “Belinda Blinders”. Perhaps Desmond’s most famous book was “The Bending of the Twig” (Chapman & Hall, London, 1907). His declared aim in writing that book was “ to level destructive satire at the conventional school story, and on its ruins to erect a structure rather nearer to real life.” He also wrote The Art Of Silhouette (1913), which explains references in this correspondence.