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563. Alexandre Dumas, pere. LS in French, signed “A. Dumas,” one page both sides, 8 x 10.5, October 12, 1868. Letter to a newspaper editor. In part (translated): “Since you have been good enough to announce the concert which I am giving at the Havre for the benefit of Delacroix, may I request that you announce it is such a way as to be helpful to him. Delacroix is a former actor who, for forty years, has played leading roles in the provinces; he has literally become blind on stage. Today, without financial resources, he is appealing by my voice to all who hold a pen and to all who have a heart. I believe that you are unfortunately in error regarding the 250 francs sent by the Marchioness of Caux. The admiration which I have for Miss Patti, as an artist, would make me desire even more for her than my poor Delacroix—who nevertheless has great need of money—that the report (about the 250 francs) was true.” Central horizontal and vertical fold, a thin vertical pencil line to left side, mild toning, and a lightly trimmed left edge, otherwise fine condition. RRAuction COA.…(MB $200)

Fitzgerald acts as “middle-man” for celebrated author, Joseph Conrad 564. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Jazz Age novelist

and short story writer. He is regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. Fitzgerald was the selfstyled spokesman of the “Lost Generation,” Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfinished, and wrote dozens of short stories that feature themes of youth, despair, and age. Signed book: Youth by Joseph Conrad. Later printing. NY: Doubleday, Page, and Company, 1920. Hardcover with dustjacket, 5.25 x 7.5, 381 pages. Signed in fountain pen on the first free end page, all in Fitzgerald’s hand, “For Gene Buck from Joseph Conrad,” and “F. Scott Fitzgerald, middle-man.” In very good condition, with scattered light toning to signed page, mild toning to closing pages and both pastedowns, spine a bit weak, and a bit of scattered light wear to covers and spine. The clipped dustjacket also rates very good, with a few separations, and scattered toning, soiling, creasing, and rubbing. Gene Buck was the founder of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the composer behind all of the Ziegfeld Follies’ songs, and Fitzgerald’s neighbor in Long Island. In fact, Buck’s parties were the main source of inspiration for Fitzgerald’s opus, The Great Gatsby. Joseph Conrad, the celebrated Polish-born English author, heralded for his part in the modernist movement in literature, met Fitzgerald during a visit to the US and may have given this book to Fitzgerald to deliver to Buck, a task Fitzgerald obviously took a tongue-in-cheek pleasure in doing! Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.…(MB $500)

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