Lot 458: Du Maurier Daphne



2015-07-10 15:42:37

Lot 458: Du Maurier Daphne: (1907-1989) British Author. T.L.S., Daphne, Four Pages, 8Vo, Menabilly, 27Th March 1961, To 'My Dear' (Foy Quiller-Couch). Du Maurier Announces 'I Am So Happy..To Have You Approve Was The Whole Object Of The Exercise. We Must Now Wait For Mr. Bozman'S Report. I Expect He Will Write To Both Of Us' And Continues To State 'Yes, That Assize Versus Quarter Sessions Was A Terrible Headache. I Had It All Written Out Assizes To Start With, And Then Something Michael Graham Said Over The Telephone Made Me Think I Had Got It Wrong, And I Put It To Quarter Sessions, Which Anyway Fitted In Well With The High September Tide. I Put The Hyperthetical (Sic) Question To Michael Graham On The Telephone, And He Said The Man Would Have A Preliminary Hearing Before A Magistrate, And If The Magistrate Was Not Very Satisfied He Would Send Him To Quarter Sessions. Then, If The Quarter Sessions Magistrates Found Him Guilty Of Manslaughter He Would Be Sent To The Assizes. It Need Not Take Much Altering, But It Is Vital To Get The Thing Right. I Don'T Know Who To Ask. Do You? I Don'T Know Why I Have To Make Things So Complicated For Myself! If It Wasn'T Tricky Enough Having Amyot French Anyway, Let Alone Getting Him Involved With The Law. It Would Be More Dramatic To Have Him At Assizes - It Sounds Worse - But Then It Would Have To Be October (Not That That Would Matter)€¦.' Du Maurier Further Writes 'I Am Glad The Book Is To Be Dedicated To The Santos. I Hope They Won'T Be Offended At What I Have Done With Them And The Children, Or There Will Be Some Fearful €Œgoings Below‌ On My Part. What A Good Thing I Did Not Make Any Of Them Do Anything Frightful! I Do So Hope You Laughed At €Œon No Account Hash Ham‌ It Just Had To Be Put In! No, I Don'T Suppose It Would Be Peach-Fed. But It Was Spanish, Wasn'T It? Wasn'T That The Reason The Meat Looked Like Venison? I Can'T Think Now How It Was Your Father Got It In The First Place. Was It From Fortnum'S?' She Also Refers To A Proposed Visit By The Literary Agent Spencer Curtis Brown, 'You Will Find Him Unprepossessing To Look At, And Rather Nervous. Keeps Puffing At Cigarettes And Laughs Unnecessarily, And Is Often Very Tactless, I Find, But I Feel Rather Sorry For Him, And On The Whole I Think He Knows His Business. But He'S Not A Patch On The Old Man, And Probably Knows It, And I Have Heard That The Firm Is Nothing Like So Good As It Was Once. However, I Don'T Know Another Agent Personally, And They Have Never, To My Knowledge, Done Anything Really Against One'S Interests - All These Firms Are Commercial Before Anything Else. I Suppose They Have To Be'. Du Maurier Concludes Her Letter By Referring To Her Husband, Frederick Browning, And Their Son, Kits, Who Had Wished To Invite Four 'Very Honky Friends' But Is Now Only Bringing One, A Former Etonian, Remarking 'I Was Going Red In The Face At The Thought Of The T.V. Friends Round The Dining-Room Table. They Call Everyone €Œdear‌ And €Œlove‌ And I Had Visions Of The Guardsman'S Face Staring Steadily At His Plate…..G'Sman Is At Times Like Papa Bronte. Doctor Luther Told Him He Should Take More Exercise, Go In The Woods And Hack At Undergrowth. My Dear..G'Sman Very Offended. And I Have Noticed Ever Since He Walks As Though He Had Heart Trouble, And Coming Up From Prid Stops Every Few Yards And Gasps. He Has Always Hated Hacking At Undergrowth, So I Suspect That This Is His Form Of Protest, That He Is Not Fit!' A Letter Of Good Content, Not Least For Its Discussion Of Her Novel Castle Dor. A Couple Of Small Sellotape Stains To The Head Of The Pages, Only Very Slightly Affecting Two Words Of Text And Not The Signature. Otherwise Vg Foy Quiller-Couch - Daughter Of British Writer Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944), And A Life-Long Friend Of Du Maurier. Indeed, Du Maurier Was Accompanied By Foy Quiller-Couch When She Became Inspired With The Storyline For Her Novel Jamaica Inn. In 1930, Apparently Around The Time Of The Present Letter, The Two Ladies Were Staying At Jamaica Inn And Went Riding On Bodmin Moor. They Became Lost In Bad Weather Conditions And Apparently Sheltered For Some Time In A Derelict Cottage On The Moor But Were Eventually Led Back To Jamaica Inn By Their Horses. Castle Dor Is A Historical Novel By Daphne Du Maurier, Published In 1961. The Story Is Based Around The Legend Of Tristan And Iseult, But Set In 19Th Century Cornwall. The Main Characters Are A Breton Onion Seller, Amyot Trestane, And The Newly Wed Linnet Lewarne. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £200 - 300
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