6 TLsS one ALS, 8pp, 28 Jan.1939 -28 April 1958. To Leonard and/or Sylvia Lyons.

STONE, IRVING

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6 typed letters signed ("Irving" and "Irving Stone"; one a [rather wrinkled and torn] carbon typescript, signed in ink), and one ALS, 8pp, 4to and 8vo, various places, namely: printed letterhead of 13914 Davana Terrace, Van Nuys, California; personal stamped letterhead of Encino, California; decorated letterhead of the Hotel Boise, Boise Idaho; 717 No. Maple Drive, Beverly Hills, California; Via G. Severano 1, Rome, Italy; and printed letterhead of 2339 Hilgard, Berkeley, California. 28 January 1939 through 28 April 1958 [where dated]. Friendly letters to Leonard and/or Sylvia Lyons, sending personal news, discussing politics and travel, and submitting topics for consideration for publication in Lyons' column: "[28 Jan. 1938] . . . as for your husband he is an unmitigated, unabashed, unadulterated and uncastrigated louse. Tell him I said so. I wrote weeks ago asking him to send me the LUST FOR LIFE files . . . and he has ignored me. Tell him that when his book is serialized out here, I shall refuse to send him copies; and even more drastic, when my next book (due for release soon, and better than LUST) comes out, I shall sell the second serial rights to the Graphic instead of the Post." ; "[n.d.] . . . I was glad to see that you had rectified the mutiny. . . . I think we can show you a few things in California that some of your Hollywood friends won't know about. I think George Martin ought to come with you so that Paula could take a good look at him and make up her mind."; "[8 April 1840] This letter is a bundle of good news. . . . My new novel FALSE WITNESS which I told you about . . . has just been bought by the movies and is to be distributed as the May selection by the Book League of America. . . . The other bit of news concerns a girl by the name of Jean Stone, who also expects to publish the first week in August. . . if you know what I mean. . . ."; "[17 June, 1946] You are seeing [this story] first, of course. . . . In 1939 the German publishing firm, Universitas, bought the rights to publish my SAILOR ON HORSEBACK, the story of Jack London, in Berlin. An American copy was sent to Goebbels for the necessary government approval. . . . By the time Goebbels returned the copy with VERBOTEN written across the title-page Madame Harnack-Fish was almost through with her translation. Then came Germany's plunge into war. Madame Harnack-Fish and her husband were hung in Munich for anti-Nazi activities, and Universitas was bombed out of existence. . . . Six years later . . . SAILOR ON HORSEBACK will be the first American book published in the New Germany. Not only will Madame Harnack-Fish's translation be used, but . . . it will be dedicated to that gallant woman for her fight against Nazism."; "[26 Sept. n.y.] I think I chose the wrong profession; in my next incarnation I am going to be a Broadway columnist, and then I'll get lovely trips to Europe. . . . We lead an ideal life out here: a hell-of-a lot of work, but a swim and a sunbath every day really makes it feel as though we were on a vacation. . . . I leave early in November for a lecture tour of the mid-west. . . . Maybe I ought to get an electioneering job on the side?. . . . Today is Lust for Life's second birthday."; and "[29 April 1958] My employer, Mrs. Jean Stone, for whom I do occasional social-secretary tasks . . . has asked me to tell you to please get here before May 5. . . . We were given a preview of the Brussels Fair before it opened. . . . I had made my appointment at the American pavilion a month in advance, but when we got there they told us that all photographers and reporters were being excluded. . . . I had one of our so-called 'Cultural Attaches' phone the Embassy and I heard him say on the telephone, in his office, 'there is a guy out here by the name of Irving Stone who says he has an appointment.' The Embassy replied, 'that is not a guy, that is the author of 'Lust for Life', let him in.'" Together with two Western Union Telegrams from Stone to Lyons (yellowed and torn, as usual). Some wear and tear, with a few stains; minor foxing and wrinkling; generally in good condition.

Leonard Lyons (1906-1976); American journalist and theater critic, married to Sylvia Lyons. His Broadway column, "The Lyons Den" (originally written for The New York Post and later syndicated) spanned the years 1934-1974. (Item ID: 19861)



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