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CATHER, WILLA
WILLA CATHER A typed letter signed on "The Tuesday Nine O'Clocks" Toronto letterhead, July 12 (n.y.) [1921?]. Written to Joan Hartley who had praised the American author's early work, the 1915 novel The Song of the Lark, Cather writes a long reply, employing her very uncommon full signature "Willa Sibert Cather." In toto, "I am glad that you at last followed inclination and wrote me. I am glad you like the book and that it associates itself in your mind with the operatic performances you mention. That book has grave structural faults, - I knew when I began it that it must have. I knew, too, that an artist's relation to his work is not proper material, is not an adequate theme, for a novel. It has often been tried, and the result has never been really first rate. So, thinking I might as well fail for a cow as a calf, I permitted myself all sorts of liberty. It is a pleasure to be just as foolish as you please-once. In spite of all its faults, I like the book, and am always pleased to hear from other people who do. I liked writing it, and I still like certain things about it; though it had to be a three volume novel, or done in two entirely different and not harmonious methods,-as you doubtless know. Thank you heartily for your letter." Cather adds her mailing address "5 Bank Street, New York." There is unobtrusive reinforcement to reverse of central horizontal fold with scattered soiling and foxing, a couple staple holes, otherwise very good condition. Cather's letters are uncommon and often rather brief; letters of this length and content, dealing with her work are rarely found. 1 page, large 8vo. With the letter is Hartley's copy of The Song of the Lark, with her name and incorrect date penned on the inside front cover. Book is in poor condition. The two: [ref:6752]
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CATHER, WILLA
WILLA SIBERT CATHER A typed letter signed in full, February 26, 1924, on the American author's personal monogrammed stationery. The writer of O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, My Antonia and Sapphira and the Slave Girl writes to a correspondent whom she addresses as "My dear little girl," "I am so sorry that I have not been able to answer you letter before-I have had a cold and a stiff neck and so I have been taking a few days off. I am delighted to send you my autograph and wish I could drop in and say 'how do you do.' You must have a very interesting collection, indeed. I hope you are getting along splendidly and are growing better every day." In an autograph postscript Cather adds: "(I write you my full name, though I do not use the middle one very often now.)" 1 page, 4to. [ref:6488]
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CATHER, WILLA SIBERT
WILLA SIBERT CATHER A 10-line autograph note signed with initials, W.S.C., Jaffrey, New Hampshire, May 21, [1937], by the American author of O Pioneers!, My Antonia and Song of the Lark. On a 3 ½ x 5 ½ postcard, addressed to Miss E. M. Willard in San Francisco, "A good place to be after a siege of bronchitis in New York. The birches and the beeches are out, the apple blossoms not yet." Postmarked Concord, May 21, 1937. On the reverse, a photograph of Birch Avenue, Marlborough, NH. [ref:6347]
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CHAYEFSKY, PADDY
PADDY CHAYEFSKY A typed letter signed, on personal letterhead, New York, March 11, 1952, by the much acclaimed TV, stage and film writer; he was the recipient of 3 Oscars for his work. To a Lawrence Langner of the Theatre Guild, "Please forgive me for writing this letter and seeming so insistent, but I have honestly been trying to contact you for two weeks no, and you must admit you are not the easiest man to get to see. At any rate, I had my agent, Miss Howell, inform Miss Helburn that I intended to go back to work on 'The Man Who Made The Mountains Shake,' and, if the Guild was still interested, they could have the play for a $1000.00 advance starting March 1, 1952 and $150.00 a month for each subsequent month starting July 1, 1952. I assume the Guild isn't too interested, but just to keep matters clear, I am writing you this letter…" "I want to thank you for your past courtesies and to assure you that, despite the long, hard year of 1951, I personally think fondly of the Guild…" 1 page, large 8vo. With original envelope. The two: [ref:6489]
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Cooper, James Fenimore
JAMES FENIMORE COOPER. A 6 x 2 ½ check signed J. Fenimore Cooper, Cooperstown, August 18, 1849, filled in and dated by the American author of The Last of the Mohicans; the writer has made out the document to self for $30.00 against the Otsego County Bank. Slight smudging to the accomplishment. [ref:6043]
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Coppee, Francois
Autograph note signed F.C. by the French writer on engraved 4 X 2 ½ printed calling card. [ref:3921]
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Coward, Noel
SIGNED EDITION. NOEL COWARD. WAITING IN THE WINGS. First performed at The Duke of York Theatre, London in 1960 and is signed on the first blank page, by the English playwright, author, singer and general bon vivant, and is inscribed to American orchestral arranger Irwin Kostal. Original boards, 8vo. Dust wrapper worn with some minor tears but intact. New York, 1960. [ref:5339]
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Crisp, Quentin
QUENTIN CRISP. A charming letter signed December 9, 1994, by the eccentric English writer, an icon of ancient gay history and the author of a memoir, The Naked Civil Servant, made into a brilliant series on PBS. "Thank you…for your very pretty card. As you probably know, I don't really believe in Mr. Claus but it's nice to be remembered." Two autograph corrections. With original envelope. The two: [ref:6050]
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CULLEN, COUNTEE
COUNTEE CULLEN A scarce letter signed, Tuckahoe, New York, July 9, 1944, by the Black American poet, a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. "It was a distinct pleasure to have a word from you to have my mind focused once more on the pleasant images of the past. For years I have been wondering what might have become of Jacinto Steinhardt. If you should run into him again, please let him know that I would enjoy hearing from him." "I have read the article you sent me and find it very provocative but I do not feel that I want to tackle the job myself. Criticism is not one of my strong points. You might try sending it to Professor Sterling Brown at Howard University Washington, D.C. He is both a good poet and a good critic. I imagine he would be interested in doing such an article for you." 1 page, 4to. Minor chips to edges affect nothing. Sterling Brown, author of works on folklore, a poet and literary critic. He studied chiefly the black culture of the Southern United States and was a full professor at Howard University for most of his career. [ref:7027]
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CULLEN, COUNTEE
COUNTEE CULLEN A scarce letter signed, Tuckahoe, New York, July 9, 1944, by the Black American poet, a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. "It was a distinct pleasure to have a word from you to have my mind focused once more on the pleasant images of the past. For years I have been wondering what might have become of Jacinto Steinhardt. If you should run into him again, please let him know that I would enjoy hearing from him." "I have read the article you sent me and find it very provocative but I do not feel that I want to tackle the job myself. Criticism is not one of my strong points. You might try sending it to Professor Sterling Brown at Howard University Washington, D.C. He is both a good poet and a good critic. I imagine he would be interested in doing such an article for you." 1 page, 4to. Minor chips to edges affect nothing. Sterling Brown, author of works on folklore, a poet and literary critic. He studied chiefly black culture of the Southern United States and was a full professor at Howard University for most of his career. [ref:6361]
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