FLORENCE L. BARCLAY (1862 - 1921) was an English romance novelist and short story writer. The mother of eight children, in her early forties health problems left her bedridden for a time and she passed the hours by writing what became her first romance novel titled The Wheels of Time. Her next novel, The Rosary, a story of undying love, was published in 1909 and its success would eventually see the book translated into eight languages and made into five motion pictures, also in several different languages. According to the New York Times, the novel was the No.1 bestselling novel of 1910 in the United States. The enduring popularity of the book was such that more than twenty-five years later, Sunday Circle magazine serialized the story and in 1926 the prominent French playwright Alexandre Bisson adapted the book as a three-act play for the Parisian stage. Florence Barclay wrote eleven books in all, including a work of non-fiction. Her 1910 novel, The Mistress of Shenstone, was made into a 1921 silent film of the same title. Her short story, "Under the Mulberry Tree" appeared in the special May 11, 1911 issue called "The Spring Romance Number" of the Ladies Home Journal.
A handwritten letter to a "Miss Peters," dated 8-17-1910, which mentions some of her best-known works, including Wheels of Time, The Rosary, and The Mistress of Shenstone. Pencil notations, folds, very good condition overall. Also included is the "translation" of the handwriting, provided by the Lincoln Library organization.