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Group of 16 handwritten letters to Dirk Mosig from Bloch dated July 17, 1973 to February 12, 1975. Some are on Bloch's letterhead, some on plain paper. Content includes answers to queries about Lovecraft and his writings, Lovecraft in relation to Bloch (one of Bloch's comments - "I was influenced by HPL, not Dunsany" 7/2/74), Bloch's comments on current events and those who manipulate others, his own writings and more. Dirk Mosig is an important early Lovecraft scholar of the modern period. S. T. Joshi has written, "Dirk Mosig is the key transitional figure in Lovecraft studies; and if the history of this field is ever written, he will have to occupy a central role..."
A draft of the second of Vance's final two stories set in the Dying Earth, a continuation of THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD. The story was first published in FLASHING SWORDS #4 (1977), edited by Lin Carter. The typescript is heavily reworked in a variety of fountain pen inks, with many changes, corrections, annotations and some doodling intermixed. The manuscript gives insight to Vance’s creative process. As to his working method, Vance often began by jotting down scenes, which he later quilted together. He rarely "outlined." Until later in his career when his eyesight failed, Vance often wrote the first draft in longhand, then a much more complete first typed draft (the version offered here), then a second, and sometimes third typed draft.