The Thirty Nine Steps

Author: John Buchan





My Dear Tommy,

You and I have long cherished an affection for that elemental 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 the days when the wildest fictions are so much less improbable than the facts.



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Chicago: John Buchan, "[Dedication]," The Thirty Nine Steps, trans. Evans, Sebastian in The Thirty Nine Steps Original Sources, accessed April 13, 2024,

MLA: Buchan, John. "[Dedication]." The Thirty Nine Steps, translted by Evans, Sebastian, in The Thirty Nine Steps, Original Sources. 13 Apr. 2024.

Harvard: Buchan, J, '[Dedication]' in The Thirty Nine Steps, trans. . cited in , The Thirty Nine Steps. Original Sources, retrieved 13 April 2024, from