Lot 4020: TLS signed "for your thoughtful kindness, Believe me, Yours J. Conrad," one page both sides, 5.25 x 6.75, Spring Grove letterhead, September 13, 1919. Letter to Mr. Hugh, in full: "I need not tell you that I give my authorisation with the greatest pleasure to the L. D. S. to perform my play One Day More. I have been so much interrupted for the last few days that I could not finish the Author's Note for the D. R. It is done now and if I manage to correct it before the post goes I shall send it on to Aldine House as I should like you, you personally, to read it before it appears in print. But in that case I must beg you to post it on the same day to Mr. Pinker in order that two clean copies should be made, one of which shall, of course, be sent at once to J. M. Dent & Sons to set up from. This morning the charming selection of books for my wife has arrived. She will write to you, no doubt, this evening, but meantime has asked me to send you her warm thanks." Conrad has added a handwritten salutation, and adds several handwritten emendations to the text. In fine condition.
Based on Conrad's 1902 short story 'To-Morrow,' the one-act play One Day More enjoyed a brief five-show run at London's Royalty Theatre in the summer of 1905. Already well established as a novelist and storyteller, Conrad and his initial venture into theater garnered attention from several members of the theatrical scene, most notably George Bernard Shaw who helped edit the play in hopes of improving its transition to stage. Although Conrad would go on to consider the production a 'complete failure,' One Day More exists as the first of several theatrical scripts and adaptations Conrad would write during his career.
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