Mark Twain

Mark Twain, (Samuel Clemens), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade) Estimate: $300-500 Mark Twain, (Samuel Clemens), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)
Estimate: $300-500

One of the most debated books in American literature history, Ernest Hemingway described Twain's Huckleberry Finn as: ''little more than minstrel-show satire and broad comedy."  However, he did declare it as the cornerstone for American literature of the 20th century, stating: "All modern American literature comes from."

Twain's satrical novels deals with race and identity, major themes of the social climate of the 19th century. The novel was published on December 10 in 1884 UK & Canada and the following year in the US.

Ernest Hemingway

Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 15.07.39 Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, first edition, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1940 Estimate: $40-60

Hemingway's toils with the pen are well documented, his struggles as a writer are still what make him a great inspiration to 21st century writers. In 1952, when Hemingway published The Old Man and the Sea, his career was at breaking point, he had not written anything which had received great critical acclaim since For Whom the Bell Tolls, 1940. Works written after that were slammed by critics and by the 1950's, his reputation as a writer was tarnished. Then along came The Old Man and the Sea, which propelled Hemingway back into the spotlight. In 1953, it won the Pulitzer Prize and was noted as being part of the reason behind Hemingway's 1954 Nobel Prize.

The novel truly was a labour of love, as Hemingway had carried around the idea of the novel since 1936. He began writing it in 1938, but writing on the work came to a halt when he started writing For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Not only was the book a literary triumph for Hemingway, it was also significant for many of the important figureheads of modern literature. It won the adoration of Hemingway's literary rival, William Faulkner, as he called it ''his best.''

Hemingway dedicated the novel:"To Charlie Scribner And To Max Perkins." Editor Perkins had also worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, the novel marked an end of an era, as in the years after it was published James Joyce, Hemingway's mentor Gertrude Stein and long-time friend Fitzgerald all passed.

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, first edition, The Viking Press, New York, 1939, hardbound Estimate: $100-300 John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, first edition, The Viking Press, New York, 1939, hardbound
Estimate: $100-300

In 1962, Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize, with The Grapes of Wrath heavily noted as a factor in him receiving the prize. The work has an enduring legacy as an important part of the historical and cultural fabric of America.

Focusing on a poor family of farmers driven from their home in Oklahoma during the Great Depression, to California, the work was Steinbeck's way of ''[shaming] the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression]."

"I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags."

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet was the novel that first brought Sherlock Holmes to the world. In 1886, a newly married Doyle was desperate to be published. During this early stage in his career, he was working on a mystery novel entitled A Tangled Skein, which two years later was renamed as A Study in Scarlet when it was published in the Beeton's Christmas Annual.

Holmes and Watson were a hit, and Doyle was a successful writer who would go on to pen no less than 60 Sherlock Holmes stories.

Arthur Conan Doyle, Rodney Stone, first edition, Smith, Elder & Co., London, 1896, signed Estimate: $200-400 Arthur Conan Doyle, Rodney Stone, first edition, Smith, Elder & Co., London, 1896, signed
Estimate: $200-400

10 years on from first publishing A Study in Scarlet, Rodney Stone, a Gothic mystery and boxing novel by Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was first published in 1896. A step away from Sherlock, the eponymous novel tells the coming-of-age story of Stone and his boxer companion,  with the famous bare-knuckle boxers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century playing a large part in the tale.

All works featured will be in Pook & Pook's sale this month. The online-only auction will also feature folk art, furniture and silver including Tiffany & Co. pieces. Bidding will take place on September 14-15. Check out the full catalog here.

Comment