Excerpt from “84 Charing Cross Road” by Helene Hanff ~~Frank Doel~~

picture-CharingCrossRoad-HanffMARKS & CO., Booksellers

84, Charing Cross Road

London W.C. 2

 8 JANUARY,1969

Miss H. Hanff

305 E. 72nd Street

N.Y. 10021



Dear Miss,

I have just come across the letter you wrote to Mr.Doel on the 30th of September last, and it is with great regret that I have to tell you that he passed away on Sunday the 22nd of December, the funeral took place last week on Wednesday the 1st of January.

He was rushed to hospital on the 15th of December and operated on at once for a ruptured appendix, unfortunately peritonitis set in and he died seven days later.

He had been with the firm for over forty years and naturally it has come as a very great shock to Mr. Cohen, particularly coming so soon after the death of Mr. Marks.

Do you still wish us to try and obtain the Austens for you?


Yours faithfully,

p.p. MARKS & CO.


Joan Todd (Mrs.)




Filed under Literature, Non-Fiction

2 responses to “Excerpt from “84 Charing Cross Road” by Helene Hanff ~~Frank Doel~~

  1. Helene Hanff was born in Philadelphia, USA on 15 April 1916, and died in New York on 9 April 1997, aged 80 years. She had been corresponding with Frank Doel for twenty years.

  2. Pingback: Excerpt from “Q’s Legacy” by Helene Hanff ~~Marks & Co~~ | thingsthatmadeanimpression

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