Lot 543: Raymond Chandler

RR Auction

RR Auction

2016-02-24 15:26:01

Lot 543: TLS signed "Ray," one page, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, June 25, 1953. Letter to "Swanie," his agent H. N. Swanson, concerning the plagiarism of his work, in part: "Surely if that is so, it is up to you to recover the check for the story on which we made a deal. Bay City Blues is not of course your baby, but it might be possible to get an undertaking from them to print an apology and state the facts. I don't know much about N. Y. state criminal law, but I know how to find out. If this is larceny, then there should be a remedy. I have in mind to ask Harry Steeger for a total reassignment of all rights to all my stories published in any magazine they own, and to offer him as inducement a right of one republication of any story of mine outside the 'cannibalized' group, but a non-assignable right which must be used by a magazine at the time owned by Popular. However, I await your advice and approval. Maybe I don't have to offer him anything." Chandler makes a few handwritten corrections to the text, and the upper right bears ink notations in another hand. In fine condition. RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 471 Wednesday, 9th March 2016 Estimate: $400-600
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