Lot 26
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[Diamand, Peter]--Marlene Dietrich

2,000 - 3,000 GBP
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  • Collection of 17 love letters by Dietrich, in German and English, to Peter Diamand 

  • ink on paper
comprising 8 autograph letters signed ("M"), 6 autograph letters, two typed letters signed and one typed letter, addressing him in affectionate terms ("Geliebter", "Liebstes - bestes Stück!"), expressing her longing to see him ("...Na, wo sind Sie da mit Ihrem: Darling.?????????"), complaining about her rusty German, wondering whether he is as undeniably German as she feels herself to be, observing that love is easier in one's mother tongue, discussing his complicated situation, questioning his feelings for her, expressing her astonishment on learning that he was in a concentration camp and adding that she must love him a million times more for that, begging him not to leave her, expressing her envy at him for having achieved all he wanted in the shortest time, referring to her concerts ("Alle Amateure hier - schwere Arbeit"), her self-medication ("Ich habe eben doch ein halbes Dexomyl genommen..."), noting that it is better to have a dry mouth than sing badly; in other letters Dietrich quotes Rilke and Hermann von Gilm, elaborates on the nuances of his affection for her ("...In englisch "adoren" Sie mich und in Deutsch haben Sie mich gern..."), provides details of flight times etc., 35 pages, various sizes, many items on printed hotel stationery, autograph envelopes, many marked "Personal", two telegrams, one inscribed photograph ("Ein kleines Bild aber grosse Liebe Marlene"), one inscribed 4-page letter from Dietrich's sister, dated 14 October 1965, many newspaper cuttings, some inscribed by Dietrich, Melbourne, Liverpool, Beverly Hills and elsewhere, 31 August to 30 September 1965, where indicated

Catalogue Note

An engrossing series of love letters from the legendary singer and actress Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) to the arts patron Peter Diamand (1913-1998), director of the Edinburgh Festival from 1965-1978. The letters, written in the course of Dietrich's tour to America, Australia and Britain in the autumn of 1965, reveal an acutely intelligent, amusing, loving and occasionally lonely star. At the time of the correspondence, Peter Diamand was married to Maria Curcio (marriage dissolved 1971); a second marriage, to Sylvia Rosenberg, was dissolved in 1979.