Dead Man's Folly.London: The Crime Club, 1956 Stock Code: 143027
NotesFirst edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Carlo, from Agatha, Jun. 1956". The recipient was Charlotte ("Carlo") Fisher (1895-1976), with her retrospective book label to the front pastedown. Fisher was Christie's secretary, close friend, and amanuensis, with whom she wrote several major early titles.
Their method of writing was described by Christie in her autobiography: "Charlotte and I sat down opposite each other, she with her notebook and pencil. I stared unhappily at the mantelpiece, and began uttering a few tentative sentences. They sounded dreadful. I could not say more than a word without hesitating and stopping. Nothing I said sounded natural. We persisted for an hour. Long afterwards Carlo told me that she herself had been dreading the moment when literary work should begin". By this process Christie - or "Missus" as she was known to Fisher - would find her authorial voice. During the breakdown of her first marriage in the 1920s Christie relied on Fisher a friend and supportive confidante, and the two remained close throughout their lives. Both The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928) and And Then There Were None (1939) are dedicated to Fisher.
Octavo. Original red boards, titles to spine in black. With the supplied dust jacket.
Spine faded with a couple of faint spots, foxing to book block edges, light toning to endpapers, a very good, attractive copy in the jacket with nicks to edges, chip to head of spine.
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