DALI, SALVADOR. 1904-1989.
Typed Manuscript Signed ("Salvador Dali") and dated ("1943"), 1 p, titled" "M. Salvatore Dali's causerie on June 24th, 1943 at the house of Gourielli - for the Girls Vacation Fund Benefit," folding creases, slightly toned.
Provenance: Estate of Theodore Reade Nathan.
A whimsical talk given by Dali for a benefit at the house of his friend, patron, and subject of one of his most renowned portraits, Helena Rubenstein, Princess Arthchil Gourielli. In it, Dali announces that he is almost finished with his new book, "the first novel which describes the future events in the lives of people still alive." As example, he gives "four striking circumstances of Hitler's death from my book:
1. Hitler dies in Switzerland in most unforeseen condition.
2. Hitler dies exactly three months after the liberation of France.
3. Physically, the death of Hitler is caused by sudden asphyxiation.
4. One month after Hitler's death, America will sign the most important treaty of its existence. This treaty will be the beginning of a European Renaissance." The New York Sun gave notice of the reception on the day it was held, citing Dali as the guest of honor. Dali completed his only novel, Hidden Faces, in the fall of 1943; it was published the following year by the Dial Press.
The manuscript originates from the collection of Theodore Reade Nathan, a successful New York hotel and advertising executive, who served at one time as the executive assistant to showman Billy Rose. Rose's 1946 memoir, Wine, Women and Words, was illustrated by Dali.