OPPENHEIM, Edward Phillips (1866–1946), novelist. Autograph letter signed to an unnamed correspondent, 4 sides, small 8vo, Kirby House, Barkby, Leicester, February 25th 1895, defending one of his published stories: - "You are quite correct in your surmise that if the Postmaster had been intended for a puzzle story I should have ended it more in accordance with the recognised principles of story writing. Under the circumstances the primary object was to arrive at an unusual & unexpected ending .... The attainment of this of course must mean the sacrifice of a certain artistic completeness which one would aim at under ordinary circumstances. Your ending is a good one but if I had adopted it in this case, instead of having to judge forty manuscripts, I should have had something like a thousand to deal with." Tipped in on the last side is a photograph of Oppenheim cut out from an old magazine. Side three has two old mounting marks (not affecting text).
Edward Phillips Oppenheim was a major and successful writer of genre fiction including thrillers. He wrote some one hundred and fifty novels (mostly published from the 1890s to late 1930s), mainly on themes of suspense and international intrigue, but he also wrote romances, comedies, and parables of everyday life. His most renowned work was The Great Impersonation, which was filmed three times.