G.B. SHAW SPEAKS OUT ON THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF HIS PLAYS: “YOU ARE COMMITTING THE BLACKEST CRIME POSSIBLE IN THEATRICAL BUSINESS…”
SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD. (1856-1950). Irish-born writer. Good Typed Letter Signed, “G. Bernard Shaw”, on his imprinted stationery. One full page, quarto. “10, Adelphi Terrace, London, W.C.”, April 6, 1911. Very fine condition.
A FINE T.S. ELIOT ARCHIVE — IN HIS CAPACITY AS A DIRECTOR OF FABER & FABER
OFFERING UP HIS VIEWS ON THE PUBLICATION OF A BOOK ABOUT THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, A BOOK ON MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE WITHIN THE CHURCH, PROPOSED BOOKS BY HUGH CECIL, AND THE GENERAL RUNNINGS OF THE FIRM WITH A HEAVY EMPHESIS ON ELIOT’S OWN RELIGIOUS CONSTRUCTS AND HIS PLACE WITHIN THE CHURCH
ELIOT, T.S. (1888-1965). American-born writer and poet. Archive of 13 Typed Letters Signed, “T.S. Eliot”, on the wonderful red imprinted Faber & Faber Ltd. letterhead and The Criterion letterhead. Twenty-eight total pages of eliot’s writing, quarto. “24 Russell Square, London, W.C.1”, April 9, 1935 to April 22, 1936. Paperclip marks in some blank margins, else very fine condition. To “The Revd. Prebendary Harris, D.D., ‘Rosemary’, Eynsham, Oxford”. With 2 letters from HUGH CECIL (1869-1965) British politician and Sir Winston Churchill’s best man; also accompanied by another 10+ letters and financials and outlines, from various individuals affiliated with the endeavor.
LANGSTON HUGHES INSCRIBES HIS: SIMPLE STAKES A CLAIM FOR DANISH PRIME MINISTER JENS OTTO KRAG
HUGHES, LANGSTON (1902-1967) American poet, novelist, playwright, and columnist. His book: Simple Stakes a Claim. Boldly Inscribed and Signed on front free-endpaper.
FIRST EDITION PLAY SCRIPT FOR CHARLES DICKENS: NICHOLAS NICKLEBY — IN A FRENCH PERFORMANCE
[DICKENS, CHARLES.] (1812-1870). English novelist. Prosper DINAUX and Gustave LEMOINE, DRAMATISTS, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, OU LES MENDIANS DE LONDRES. Drame en Cinq Actes et Six Tableaux. Paris: La France Dramatique au Dix-neuvieme Siecle, 1842. Series edited by C. Tresse. Large octavo, original printed yellow wrappers. First Edition.
“ONE PENNY” DREADFUL OF DICKENS’ OLIVER TWIST — WITH A DEROGATORY BLACK ‘CHARACTER’ ADVERT FOR A HUMOR BOOK ENTITLED: “MATRIMONIAL THERMOMETER’ AND ‘AFRICAN MIDGET’ OFFERED WITHIN
DICKENS, CHARLES. (1812-1870). English novelist. “The Story of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens”, being ‘The Penny Library of Popular Authors, Edited by Charles H. Ross, and published by Henry Vickers, 317 Strand [London].’ No date, but circa 1881. Large folio, approximately 9 ½ x 11 inches. 20 pages total.
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE — AS U.S. CONSUL IN LIVERPOOL WRITES A FAMILY MEMBER THAT HE WILL AID IN PROMOTING LIEUTENANT MAURY’S NEW BOOK PIONEERING OCEANOGRAPHY STUDY
HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. (1804-1864). American novelist and short-story writer; authored: The Scarlet Letter (1850), The House of Seven Gables (1851) and Twice Told Tales (1837); Scarce and desirable Autograph Letter Signed, “Nath. Hawthorne”, while serving as US Consul. Nearly two full separate pages, quarto. U. S. Consulate, Liverpool, June 8th, 1855. To George Manning.
“I HAVE TO MORE OR LESS CUT MYSELF OFF FROM ALL CONNECTIONS OF THIS SORT UNTIL I GET MY BOOK [YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN] DONE/ WHICH IS GOING TO BE A TREMENDOUS PIECE OF WORK”
WOLFE, THOMAS. (1900-1938). American novelist; wrote Look Homeward, Angel (1929), Of Time and the River (1935), and You Can’t Go Home Again (posthumously published, 1940). Very Rare Typed Letter Signed, “Thomas Wolfe”. Two separate pages, quarto. Roanoke, Virginia, April 28, 1937. To Mr. Palmer.