Lot 688: Two TLSs to John W. Draper, an English professor at West Virginia University: one signed "Margaret Mitchell Marsh," one page, 7.25 x 11, personal letterhead, July 26, 1937, in part: "Thank you so very much for the many kind things you wrote about my novel. Thank you so very much for praising Melanie. So many of my readers overlook her because the flamboyance of Scarlett casts her in the shade. I am so glad you thought her 'a great lady' indeed. I appreciate your interest in the matter of the French translation of 'Gone With the Wind' and I am flattered that you took the trouble to write to Professor Dottin about it. I realize how much of the flavor of a book can be lost in translation and I sincerely hope that the French version of my book is an excellent one. However, I have no say in the matter, as I have put the sales of foreign rights and translations in the hands of an agent, Miss Marion Saunders…so, may I suggest that you or Professor Dottin get into connection with her."
Second is a TLS signed "Olivia de Havilland," one page, 8.25 x 10.5, September 10, 1971, in part: "I am sure you understand how much I appreciated your kindness in sending me your perceptive article concerning Gone With The Wind, which, together with a copy of Margaret Mitchell's letter to you of July 26th, 1937, appeared in the University Bulletin. Your penetrating comments regarding the character of Melanie were of special interest to me, of course." In overall fine condition. Accompanied by both original mailing envelopes, an article in which Draper discusses Mitchell's letter, and Draper's personally owned copy of the book, signed on the first free end page, "Leslie Draper" and "This is one of the greatest novels in all literature. John W. Draper."
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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