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[Williams, Tennessee]
A COLLECTION OF LETTERS AND PAPERS FROM LADY ST. JUST'S ARCHIVES, INCLUDING A FINE GROUP OF LETTERS FROM SIR JOHN GIELGUD. V.P., V.D.
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LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD
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320
[Williams, Tennessee]
A COLLECTION OF LETTERS AND PAPERS FROM LADY ST. JUST'S ARCHIVES, INCLUDING A FINE GROUP OF LETTERS FROM SIR JOHN GIELGUD. V.P., V.D.
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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[Williams, Tennessee]
A COLLECTION OF LETTERS AND PAPERS FROM LADY ST. JUST'S ARCHIVES, INCLUDING A FINE GROUP OF LETTERS FROM SIR JOHN GIELGUD. V.P., V.D.

Provenance

Lady St. Just, hence by descent.

Catalogue Note

Lady St. Just first met Tennessee Williams at a London party given by her friend the celebrated actor John Gielgud. Most of Gielgud's letters, in his neat minuscule hand, were written to Maria Britneva in the late 1940s and early 1950s when he was acting and directing in New York and touring North America. The group comprises: 15 autograph letters signed, 2 types letters signed, 2 autograph postcards signed, and 2 telegrams, 35pp., on Gielgud's letterhead and on hotel stationery, New York, London, Toronto, Philadelphia, and v.p., 1948–1952. These amusing, gossipy letters provide a glimpse of the life of an actor on tour.  In February 1948, Gielgud was in New York, staying on West 52nd St.: "I am living quietly in a shabby little Bohemian flat with a big BED and a colored boy who has flopping ears like Noel Coward and cooks extremely well, so I entertain at home and sleep late in the mornings — the weather is arctic but indoors it is usually too hot. I might direct another nice little comedy for the Gish girls before I come home, then I hope to have a holiday in Mexico or Jamaica — perhaps both — and return burned and bouncing to London in a few weeks time — probably end of March."

Also of interest is a draft in Williams's hand of a letter to be sent by Lady St. Just to Lord St. Just's physician.  Autograph letter, 2 pages on Hotel Elysee stationary, to Dr. Frick, New York, 9 December 1975. "This is to let you know that after my husband disappeared, we spoke on the phone as I'd hoped he'd gone to your hospital or to Scotland. I discovered he was in neither place and was actually very concerned, in view of the fantastic invention about having killed a man in a motor-car accident, I called the House of Lords and was astonished to hear from the teller that he had been there that day..."

The archive includes a copy of Tennessee Williams's last will and testament and other papers relating to his estate.  There are copies of a few letters from Lady St. Just to Williams, letters from agent Audrey Wood and publisher James Laughlin.

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