Lot 271: ZWEIG, STEFAN. Autograph Letter Signed, to "Dear Miss," in French,
01 November 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: "PEOPLE ARE OPPRESSED BY MONEY (OR RATHER BY THE FEAR FOR THEIR MONEY)" ZWEIG, STEFAN. Autograph Letter Signed, to "Dear Miss," in French, sending Christmas wishes, remarking that he enjoys the solitude provided by his books, noting that he has completed another story in a cycle that he expects to continue, reporting on the health of her father, and, in a postscript, announcing his lecture tour travel plans. 2 pages, oblong 8vo, written on recto and verso of correspondence card with printed monogram; printed Vienna address crossed out at upper right, faint scattered soiling. Np, nd
Notes: "My best wishes for Christmas: in your white forest you feel, at least I hope, not too alone. And interior solitude, we all carry it within us and as for me, I like it well: I [take refuge] more and more in my books and my work, for the epoch seems bleak and without joy to me. People are oppressed by money (or rather by the fear for their money), a great current of belief is lacking. Therefore, let us take refuge in books, in the silent world where voices come from afar! I finished a book of stories, the third ring of my 'chain,' as I call the cycle: it will take years more before the architectonic plan of this work shows itself and I am working patiently. Three weeks in Marseilles (city that I love with all my heart for its ardor and its oriental coloring) five days at the home of the great . . . Rolland . . . and I'm going now for a few days to Vienna. . . ."