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Modern LiteratureAutographs & Mss.Signed & Inscribed

Modern LiteratureAutographs & Mss.Signed & Inscribed

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1 ARLEN, MICHAEL Typed Letter Signed by Michael Arlen to Alice Maud Head, William Randolph Hearst's Right Hand Person
London December 11, n.y 
A somewhat snarky letter which Arlen comments on his publisher: “...Do give George Doran my regards as soon as you see him. One hears all sorts of queer rumours about what he is going to do here, but nobody seems to know exactly what his job is. Do you think he knows himself?” 
Price: 150.00 USD
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2 COWARD, NOEL Original Christmas Card Sent by Noel Coward to Actress Lilli Palmer
1961 
Signed in blue ink: Love, love, love, love, love, Noel, and love!” The Christmas card has the rather cheery color artwork created by Coward for his 1961 last musical comedy creation Sail Away that was used on the poster. Also laid in is a one page photocopy typescript of three verses of a rather naughty song by Noel Coward intended for "Sail Away" but never used. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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3 VAN VECHTEN, CARL Typed Letter Signed “Carl Van Vechten” Written to the American Autograph Dealer Mary Benjamin
New York 1 page, quarto March 29, 1952 
The great American autograph dealer Mary Benjamin had sent VAn Vechten some letters of the 19th century dancer and courtesan, Lola Montes, on approval to which he responds: “These ARE amusing, but FAR TOO EXPENSIVE for my purpose, which is to amuse a great dancer who collects souveniers of her great predecessors. She is only faintly interested in Lola, who after all did not make dancing her principal profession. Did you know she is buried in Brooklyn? Her later career was devoted to temperance and religious lectures.". In a two line handwritten postscript he adds: "Dorothy Caruso has sent me an autographed copy of her book!". CARL VAN VECHTEN (1880-1964). American writer. Patron of the Harlem Renaissance. Literary Executor of Gertrude Stein. Dance critic and noted photographer. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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