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John Buchan (1875–1940).  The Thirty-nine Steps.  1915.

Dedication




To
CAPTAIN THOMAS ARTHUR NELSON
Lothians and Border Horse


My Dear Tommy
  You and I have long cherished an affection for that elementary type of tale which Americans call the 'dime novel,' and which we know as the 'shocker'—the romance where the incidents defy the probabilities, and march just inside the borders of the possible. During an illness last winter I exhausted my store of those aids to cheerfulness, and was driven to write one for myself. This little volume is the result, and I should like to put your name on it, in memory of our long friendship, in these days when the wildest fictions are so much less improbable than the truth.
J.B.

Sept. 1915
 
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