Lot 270: ZWEIG, STEFAN. Autograph Letter Signed, to "Dear Sir," in French, in purple ink,
01 November 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: ZWEIG WONDERS WHETHER BOMBS MIGHT DESTROY HIS ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BY VERLAINE ZWEIG, STEFAN. Autograph Letter Signed, to "Dear Sir," in French, in purple ink, thanking for gifts of books by Verlaine and Shakespeare translated into Portuguese, and wondering whether the original manuscript of [Paul Verlaine's] "Fêtes Galantes"--which he owns in England--might be destroyed by bombs. 2 pages, 8vo, written on the first and terminal pages of a single folded sheet, "Paysandu Hotel" stationery; faint scattered staining, horizontal fold. Rio de Janeiro, circa 1941
Notes: "You have given me great pleasure with your two books of translations--a present that was all the more welcome since it is at the same time very useful for me. I do not speak Portuguese but I read it and it's so much easier for me in a translation of poetry that I know almost by heart. It will interest you that I even own the original manuscript of the "Fêtes Galantes"--alas in England, threatened by bombs: will I ever see it again? But what joy to read Shakespeare and Verlaine in your language and to feel their music: I thank you sincerely and with all my heart."