Lot 706: French poet and writer (1870–1925) most renowned for the lesbian and classical themes in some of his works. ALS in French, one page both sides, 4.5 x 6, personal letterhead, no date but circa 1896. Letter to composer Claude Debussy, in part (translated): "I find the charming small poems by Rene Pierre full of delicacy and feeling. I wanted to make them fit into the friendly magazine where I work. Unfortunately I have no influence in the Revue Blanche; and as for the Mercure, his issues are so crowded that he was forced to add a sheet in November and the next issue will appear almost doubled. I therefore see Le Reveil as who we can offer them to with some chance of seeing them inserted. Le Reveil is now the best magazine in Belgium. If Mr. Rene Pierre agrees, I will have the pleasure to recommend him." A central horizontal fold and some overall brushing to ink, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Louys's own hand. Debussy and Louys were very close friends, and many of the latter's poems were set to Debussy's music—for example, his 1894 collection of erotic poetry, The Songs of Bilitis, composed a musical adaptation of three of the poems in 1897. Debussy returned to Louys's work in 1901, when he composed 'Six Epigraphes Antiques' for a recitation of six poems. A great connection between music and literature.
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