HART, MOSS.  1904-1961. An archive of material relating to the Broadway playwright and director, including:
Lot 2261
HART, MOSS. 1904-1961.
US$ 5,000 - 7,000
£3,000 - 4,200
Auction Details
Lot Details
HART, MOSS. 1904-1961.
1. Autograph Manuscript, 43 ll, legal folio, n.p., n.d., being notes for a film project; together with a typed manuscript, 58 pp, n.p., n.d., titled "An Original Story," and being the longer, edited version of the autograph manuscript: both pieces outlining ideas for an untitled work in progress.
2. Typed Manuscript, 9 pp, 4to, n.p., c.1950, synopsis of the project begun in the previous manuscripts: the story of an experienced director and his star moving to a small town to film their next project. Toning, chipping and creasing.
3. Typed Manuscript, 20 pp, 4to, n.p., c.1930, being Act III, Scene 3 of Once in a Lifetime, heavily toned with some chipping and creasing. The "transitional" third act, featuring the Hollywood nightclub "The Pidgeon Coop," written during the play's initial production but discarded before the Broadway debut.
4. Typed Manuscript with Annotations, 7 pp, 4to, n.p., n.d., titled "Mr. Wollcott Comes to Lunch," a short memoir of writing his most famous plays, toning, creasing and thumbing.
5. Typed Manuscript, 6 pp, 4to, n.p., n.d., a salutary speech for Joe Hyman and Bernard Hart.
6. 19 Typed Letters Signed, 3 Autograph Letters Signed and 6 Autograph Postcards Signed ("Moss" and "Mossy"), approx 50 pp, various sizes, various places including Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Italy, 1930-1961, to Joseph Hyman, postcards from his 1930 tour with the road production of Once in a Lifetime, other letters written from Hollywood while working in pictures, many with original transmittal envelopes.
Other highlights: a signed portrait of Hart in military uniform; a first edition of his biography, Act One, signed and inscribed for Joe Hyman; a copy of a 1924 agreement between Hart and P & S Producing Corporation (signed secretarially); a 1935 power of attorney agreement between Hart and Hyman; printed ephemera relating to Winged Victory and other plays; photographs, and more.

Playwright Hart shot to fame early with his comedy Once in a Lifetime (co-authored with George S. Kaufman) and won a Pulitzer (with Kaufman) for You Can't Take It With You. He was also a very successful screenwriter and Broadway director (having helmed the stage productions of My Fair Lady and Camelot). This collection of letters and manuscripts to his longtime friend and producer Joseph Hyman includes manuscripts and treatments for a never produced project as well as lengthy, revealing correspondence discussing his struggles with depression and writer's block.
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