A TRULY CHARMING AND ‘CLASSIC’ GEORGE BERNARD SHAW LETTER RESPLENDENT WITH HIS WIT AND HUMOR!
“IF LIVIA WOULD STOP EATING HER FELLOW CREATURES [AND BECOME A VEGETRIAN, LIKE G.B.S.] SHE WOULD FIND HER TEETH SOUNDER AND HER MATHEMATICAL FACULTY CLEARER.”
SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD. (1856-1950). Irish-born writer; Nobel prize winner. Charming Typed Letter Signed, “G. Bernard Shaw”, on his imprinted 10 Adelphi Terrace, W.C. stationery. Two full pages, small quarto. ‘Piccard’s Cottage, St. Catherines, Guilford, Surrey [England]’. September 29, 1907. To: ‘Mrs. Beatty’, Shaw writes a rather whimsical letter which includes a hand drawn illustration of his cottage garden and road location:
“Mrs. Hunter sent me her prospectus & told me all her wrongs long ago. There is no reason why she should make any reduction for Livia, who has, I gather, spent her L50 by this time. No particular girl can be cheaper than any other girl: it is like keeping a hotel: you have to provide the beds and the meals all the same, whether people sleep in them or eat them or not. Tell Mrs. Hunter to send her account to me. I will pay the full tariff.
It is much better to go through with the teeth than to hurry back to school. If Livia would stop eating her fellow creatures she would find her teeth sounder and her mathematical faculty clearer. She had better sell that ridiculous dog back to Uncle Jupiter for L10, or ten shillings if he objects to the higher figure. An attempt to smuggle will land the poor terrier in the lethal chamber, and Paquite in the Bankruptcy Court.
She tells me that she looked in through the window of Lorca cottage. I fear she picked out the wrong house; for our cottage was like this: —
The window | The house
The gardens |
Unless she climbed up the steps into the garden – a most audacious proceeding – she couldn’t possibly have ever seen the window. However, I daresay it did as well as the right one. My best remembrances to your brother. In haste for post. Yr. sincerely, G. Bernard Shaw.”
A perfect addition to any collection centered on him, or any collection of literature emphasizing the classic Irish writers.