Lot 672: LS in Italian, signed "M. Gorki," one page, 5.25 x 6.75, August 9, . Letter to political activist and early feminist Ersilia Majno. In full (translated): "I pray you may accept my very warm gratitude for your dear letter, which has moved me so much, and for your gift so beautiful! I love Italy more and more. Its noble people and its artists, who have understood so deeply the poetry of labor of the real democratism, and who are so strong. I will be happy to meet you personally, and also letters glorify Italian models. Happy are the mothers who have given the world such talented artists, honest workers. Glory be on mothers." At the end he adds that he is writing from "Capri, Villa Spinola—where I always live." In fine condition, with mild overall toning and light creases. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.At this point Gorky had been living in self-imposed exile in Italy for four years; his support of the failed Russian Revolution of 1905 and outspoken opposition to the Czarist regime made it dangerous to stay in Russia. He made his home on the island of Capri and ran a 'school' out of the Villa Spinola to train young workers to be activists. Despite returning to Russia in 1913, he again fled to Italy in 1921 and remained there in Sorrento for most of the decade. He also wrote stories based on his life there, 'Tales of Italy,' which continued the theme he puts forth in this letter—the beautiful Italian landscape and heroic struggle of the nation's people. A beautifully penned letter with several important biographical connections.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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