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266
(American Authors)
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LOT SOLD. 5,938 USD
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266
(American Authors)
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 5,938 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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THE JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: ARTS & SCIENCES, INCLUDING THE MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

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(American Authors)

Fine group of fifteen letters and manuscripts all signed by six modern American authors, as follows:

 


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Stein, Gertrude. Two autograph letters signed ("Gtde St"), each 2 pages (9 x 6 in.; 228 x 150) one on letterhead of Midway Drexel Apartment Hotel in Chicago, the other "Bilignin Par Belley Ain," Chicago and Bilignin, no date [1936] and 2 September 1936, to Gertrude Atherton in San Francisco, the second with accompanying envelope. Blue half-morocco clamshell box, gilt-stamped title on spine. Accepting an invitation to lunch: "I have no relatives in Oakland or anywhere as far as I know in California, relatives do pop up unexpectedly but I really do not think they will there," the second written on her return to France, recalling "that nice rainy day in Marin County" and thanking her for her hospitality.

Stein, Gertrude. Autograph letter in French signed ("Gtde"), 2 pages (10 1/2 x 8 in; 266 x 204 mm), Bilignin Par Belley Ain, no date [1929], to "Mon cher George" [Hugnet?]; formerly folded, small fold-tear. Maroon cloth folding-case, gilt-stamped title on spine. Asking him for the return of a book he borrowed and comparing her treatment of him to raising her dog Basket "with rewards and threats, resulting in a lot of ruses and disappointments, and you, are going to be another Basket, yes or no."

Porter, Katherine Anne. Autograph note signed ("Katherine Anne Porter"), 2 pages on a notecard (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.; 64 x 89 mm), Washington, D.C., 16 October 1962, to Walter Swanson in La Jolla, California, with accompanying envelope. Green cloth folding-case, gilt -stamped title on spine. Answering a question about "Mrs. Treadwell" a character in her Ship of Fools.

Porter, Katherine Anne. Seven typed letters signed ("Katherine Anne Porter"), six are 1 page and one is 2 pages (11 x 8 1/2 in.; 280 x 215 mm), Washington, D.C., 7 June - 11 September 1965, to Ann Vliet, with a few autograph alterations in pen. Black cloth folding-case, gilt-stamped title on spine. Responding to a doctoral candidate writing a dissertation on women writers, she offers permission to read her letters, feeling dismay that some have ended up at Yale showing the poverty of one of her friends, commenting on the ways of libraries, and "all the pointless parasites with their incessant and irrelevant questions and demands."

Wright, Richard. Typed letter signed ("Richard Wright"), 1 page (11 x 8 1/2 in.; 280 x 215 mm), Cuernavaca, Mexico, 30 April 1940, to Clifford Odets. Red cloth folding-case, gilt-stamped title on spine. Thanking Odets for his advice on Native Son: "You see, the reason I wanted your opinion is that I've been literally hounded by people wanting to make a play out of the book. I know practically nothing of the theatre and needed the word of someone like you to set my mind at rest ... I do think that a movie could be made from the book. But I don't know of a producer crazy enough to take a chance."

O'Hara, John. Typed letter signed ("John O'Hara"), 1 page (10 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.; 260 x 185 mm), New York City, 1 April 1946, to C.A. Pearce, Esq.; formerly folded, small stain in right margin, carbon streak touching a few words. Red half-morocco clamshell box, gilt-stamped title on spine. Transferring rights to his novel Appointment in Samarra to his wife Belle, as of 28 March 1946.

Wolfe, Thomas. Autograph letter in pencil signed ("Tom Wolfe"), 3 pages (8 x 5 in.; 204 x 127 mm), New York City, 8 January 1936, to Herschel Brickell at the New York Evening Post, with accompanying envelope; formerly folded, some pencil smudges, right side of envelope frayed. Green half-morocco clamshell box, gilt-stamped title on spine. Offers a New Year's greeting and thanks "for your generous and hearten'g words of praise and encouragement which have been printed from time to time in the Post ... I am back at work, at last ... It's hard to give up that delightful world of parties, licker and wimmen."

Parker, Dorothy. Autograph manuscript signed ("Dorothy Parker"), 1 page (10 x 6 1/2 in.; 255 x 165 mm) on personal letterhead, Pipersville, Pennsylvania, no date, "For [the collector] W. C. Goodson"; some marginal soiling. Cream cloth folding-case, gilt-stamped title on spine. Fair copy of her 8-line poem "The Seal."

THE JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: ARTS & SCIENCES, INCLUDING THE MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

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New York