Lot 569: Sean O’Casey

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2015-12-18 17:00:22

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Lot 569: Irish playwright (1880-1964) best known for such working-class dramas as The Plough and the Stars and Juno and the Paycock. ALS, one page, 5.5 x 7, The Devon, New York, letterhead, December 11, 1934. Letter to Miss Hughes, in full: "Thank you very much for your kind letter praising the play, & praising the performance of 'Within the Gates.' I am so glad you think so highly of both." In fine condition, with light toning to borders. Within the Gates was one of O'Casey's expressionist allegorical plays, which was set within the gates of a busy city park based on London's Hyde Park. It opened at the Everyman Theatre in London on February 7, 1934, to controversy and commercial failure, before a new production—directed by actor Melvyn Douglas and starring Lillian Gish—opened in New York in the fall. O'Casey traveled to New York to see the play, and during the trip he befriended Eugene O'Neill, Sherwood Anderson, and George Jean Nathan; based on the New York letterhead and content of this letter, it was likely penned during this trip. A scarce letter in itself, made even more desirable by the references to his work. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $200-400
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