Five pieces, all to an old friend, includes wonderful ALS, 2pp., 6 x 7 in., dated Oct. 4, 1965, warm letter in response to a vanity press social science publication he was sent: You know who needed this book? Eugene O'Neill. He had a tin ear. I've always said
The Iceman Cometh- from the point of view of language- could have been written by an English vicar's daughter who'd read a little Runyan. There's not one flavorsome idiom or one salient phrase in the whole play though O'Neill himself lived in the bowery,"
etc. He then goes on to describe touring Chicago after midnight with a professor who interviewed various criminals, tells the story of a pimp offering to turn over one of his girls to both men: "I've put the episode in my forthcoming novel, but damn it, I need an argot term for the `trade.' (This episode takes place in French Quarter New Orleans 1902, so I've invented the term `tambour.'
etc. Also included is another ALS , 2pp., dated Dec. 24, 1972 ("I'm more a grouch and recluse and curmudgeon than ever."
) and an autograph postal card signed ("Old Thornton"
) recalling a woman friend from the past; first two with original envelopes addressed in his hand, each with signature on flap
), 5 autograph pieces in all, a Very Fine group, the content of the first letter is exceptional
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