Lot 4026: English author (1906–1964) best known for his Arthurian tetralogy The Once and Future King, which includes the popular story The Sword in the Stone. ALS signed "Tim," one page both sides, 5.25 x 7, personal letterhead, May 4, 1958. Letter to Ross, in part: "I have only just opened the Rhyming Dictionary and found your account folded up inside. Sorry. Yes, I did have to alter the tone of the Arthur books. You see, it ends as a tragedy—Malory called the whole lot the Morte d'Arthur—and I had somehow to dovetail the comedy with which it starts with the tragedy with which it ends. However, the comic originals will always be obtainable separately, unaltered. How is the rock climbing, etc. going? In a fortnight I am off with a sleeping bag to live on a deserted island which is a bird sanctuary, and I also have to climb cliffs…which slays me, as I am old and fat and terrified of heights, but I will do anything for pictures. If my clothes caught fire while I had a camera in my hand, I would film myself burning. I wish you were here to hand me up the Guardian Rocks! They are rather like the Faraglioni at Capri, if you know those." In fine condition.
RR Auction's Mario Puzo Archive And Literary Rarities Auction 470
Thursday, 18th February 2016
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