MISCELLANY â013 LITERATURE. Manuscript miscellany, comprising letters etc by modern literary figures (large quantity)
Lot 128
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 10,154) inc. premium

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Manuscript miscellany, comprising letters etc by modern literary figures, including Natalie Barney (about Richard Aldington's proposed translation of Rémy de Gourmont's Lettres intimes à l'Amazone and Lettres à l'Amazone), Samuel Beckett, G.K. Chesterton (revised typescript of In Defence of Doctors), Graham Greene ("...Accuracy is a good thing even for a literary journalist. Kenneth Tynan gave such a good review to The Living Room in the Evening Standard, not the Observer, that he helped to fill the theatre for ten months. 'Assassinations' like that are welcome..."), H.G. Wells, P.G. Wodehouse ("...The Time people sent a photographer... he must have taken at least sixty shots of me, and the one they used was too awful for words. It made me look like a secondrate confidence man. I can't imagine what the other 59 can have been like, if that was the best!..."), L.P. Hartley (on his earnings from The Go-Between), Lytton Strachey (to Curtis Brown's about foreign distribution), Anthony Powell (in one remarking that "I am not particularly keen to give publicity to the contents of my library", in another agreeing to receive a book for signing, "but not more than one, or I have to spend my whole day doing up parcels"), Rudyard Kipling, E.M. Forster (in one referring to The Longest Journey), J.M. Barrie, John Betjeman, Kingsley Amis ("...I think it is possible that you would find the same answer from many so-called 'famous' writers. There is a steady market, in America particularly, for such papers..."), Norman Douglas ("...I am fairly flourishing, or, to put it more truthfully, putrefying as gracefully as I can..."), Aldous Huxley, Nancy Mitford, Oliver Gogarty, C.V. Wedgwood (series of ten letters written as reader for Jonathan Cape), Christopher Isherwood, Jean Anouilh, Walter de la Mare (one letter about a young poet – "It is not unusual even for quite young children to write verse, but... the poems you have sent me are remarkable...There is no question that your son has literary gifts. It is, however, very difficult to foresee the outcome. John Masefield thinks there are three onsets, as it were, of the desire to write poetry in one's early life, quite young – six or seven, about 14, and later, 18 or so... I feel sure it is wise to encourage him, but not to press him in any way. It is also good to practise verse writing, and especially to read the best in every kind", another sending a 'jingle' to illustrate verse scansion), C.P. Snow (when writing Time of Hope in 1949 – "My hero sits in St. James's Park & hears a band in Wellington Barracks. It sounds to him like fife & pipes - is this possible? Presumably Scots Guards? If it isn't possible, what band would make the most skirling kind of noise?"), Angus Wilson (three letters to the proprietor of Books and Bookmen – "I did so enjoy our Overton's luncheon. I once took a young man to dinner there who was in such disrepair that when the head waiter removed his overcoat the seat of his trousers was nearly nonexistent, but I don't think the management remember"), Lawrence Durrell, Rose Macaulay, John Middleton Murry, Robert Bridges, John Galsworthy, Alec Waugh, Phyllis Bentley, Cyril Connolly ("...I enclose my cheque for £8-3-4. Your books were in such bad condition that a more professional collector would have sent them back..."), Maurice Bowra, W.W. Jacobs ("...I don't think there are any Many Cargoes MSS among those I found. Still, I expect it will take some time to dispose of the others. I haven't seen the film: I hope I am not being credited with the 'slapstick'..."), John Masefield, Sir Henry Newbolt, Iris Murdoch (giving high praise to a fellow philosopher), W.E. Henley, Upton Sinclair (on The Goslings), Rumer Godden, A.E.W. Mason (signed book contract), Robert Nichols (fine letter on Goethe as theatre critic), Sax Rohmer ("...I have written the last act of Secret Egypt!..."), Nicholas Monsarrat (poem in his persona as author of The Cruel Sea), John Middleton Murry (to Lady Ottoline), Robert Ross, Roy Campbell, Angela Brazil ("...I have always thought the fate of the gently brought up girl, thrown untrained upon the world, is a most bitter tragedy..."), Harold Pinter (signed photograph when young) and others; plus a caricature drawing by Adrian Paul Allinson ("Mr Wells and Mr Clissold visit the Astral Plane", c.1926); and books, a tenth printing of Ulysses, and others inscribed by their authors, including Home and The Changing Room by David Storey, and Luther by John Osborne (large quantity)
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