Lot 682: French writer and filmmaker (1922–2008) associated with the Nouveau Roman. ALS in French, signed "Robbe-Grillet," one page, 8.25 x 10.5, March 1 [no year but postmarked 1973]. Letter to an employee of the New York publishing house Putnam's Sons, a company interested in some of his earlier works. In part (translated): "On the subject of A Regicide, it is I who can not bring myself to publish in French: it is already so old, and many parts are quite low….make it look as is, or rework it; the one and the other have serious drawbacks. But I will think of you if a solution suddenly comes to me." In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds and scattered creases. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope and a brief letter from his translator, Richard Howard. Robbe-Grillet wrote his first novel, A Regicide, in 1949, but it was rejected by French publishing house Gallimard; it was only later published with minor corrections by his lifelong publisher Les Editions de Minuit in 1978, five years after this letter.
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