Alain White Letter to Edgar Holliday

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Author: White, Alain Campbell (1880-1951) inscribed

Year: 1948


Place: Summerville, SC


2 pages typed letter with a handwritten post script signed "Alain" in ink with the address of Meindert Niemeijer in pencil at the top margin.

Whit discusses the possibility of producing a book in conjunction with Niemeijer of Edgar Holliday's chess problems along with other contemporary problemists. The whole is total focused on other aspects of the possible publication and how each section would be brought into a whole. The referred chess problems by White are not included.

Alain Campbell White was a scholar, philanthropist and the foremost American authority on chess problems. He was born in Cannes, France in 1880, a son of John J. White, a lawyer and descendant of seventeenth century colonial settlers. He graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude in 1902 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. From 1905 to 1936, White published annually a book on chess which he sent to chess enthusiasts throughout the world at Christmas time. A student of Dante, he won the Latham Prize of the American Dante Society while still an undergraduate, and collaborated on two concordances of the minor works of the poet. White gave to the Town of Litchfield a 4,000-acre park on Bantam Lake. Alain Campbell White died in April, 1951 in Summerville, South Carolina, where he spent his winters.

Holladay was the first American to become a FIDE International Master for Chess Composition; FIDE International Judge for Chess Composition; and "After Alain White's death, Edgar became the world's foremost expert on American chess problems." Moreover, Holladay is the "second overall most important American to the world of chess composition.


Some tears, staple removed from head left corner, edge wear with some creased corners else a good to very good historical chess item.