Lot 675: Raymond Chandler

RR Auction

2015-07-07 11:01:29

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Lot 675: TLS signed "Ray," one page, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, August 8, 1952. Letter to H. N. Swanson, in part: "What's with the TV situation nowadays? Don't we ever get any offers? There isn't a decent private eye show on the air. I read in the paper where Lee Tracy had made Martin Kane over into something fresh and beautiful, so I tuned it in last night, if that's the correct expression for TV, and if television has done anything worse, I am so happy to have missed it. Between the commercials I tried to study Mr. Tracy's approach to his art but was handicapped by having to look at his face, which on television seems to consist of some doughy substance or perhaps a soft white wax. His talent as an actor is considerable in the right time and place and would have dwarfed the rest of the cast, esthetically speaking, had they not already been dwarfs." In fine condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through portions of the signature), a red ink notation to the upper right corner, staple holes along top edge, a faint uniform block of toning from previous display, and light erased pencil notations to lower left. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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