ROBERT W. CHAMBERS HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, "Robert W. Chambers", 8.25 x 5.5, on "D. Appleton & Company Publishers" letterhead, March 3, 1915, by the artist/illustrator and author, answering an autograph request, In part: "It gives me much pleasure to comply with your request...." Comes with a vintage postcard photo. Both items in fine condition, with letter folds, age toning and a few minor creases on the right side of the photo.
Robert William Chambers (1865-1933) was an American artist/illustrator for Life and Vogue magazines and in the 1890's he switched careers and became a fiction writer, best known for his book of short stories titled The King in Yellow, one of the most important works of supernatural fiction, published in 1895. It was a collection of short stories about a play of that name which drives its readers insane. Many of his works were made into films. Chambers is considered a landmark author in the field of horror literature for his The King in Yellow collection, which itself represents but a small portion of his weird fiction work. Chambers had one of the most successful literary careers of his period, his later novels selling well and a handful achieving best-seller status. Many of his works were also serialized in magazines.