Typed letter signed ("Bob Lee"), one page, 4to, on personal printed letterhead of "Lawrence and Lee", 4 October 1977. To [Abbott Van Nostrand, of the Samuel French Company].


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Typed letter signed ("Bob Lee"), one page, 4to, on personal printed letterhead of "Lawrence and Lee" which lists their plays, 15725 Royal Oak Road, Encino, CA, 4 October 1977. To "Dear Abbott" [Abbott Van Nostrand, of the Samuel French Company], sending personal greetings and writing concerning dramatic productions: ". . . While we are in Washington with the run of FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER with Hank Fonda and Jane Alexander, we hope to arrange a production of SOUNDING BRASS at Washington Cathedral. . . ." Additionally annotated by Lee in holograph at the bottom "Have faith -- we'll get this one in orbit!". Folds; with a partial work written in ink at the bottom in an unidentified hand then crossed through; tip of lower corner creased; else fine.

Robert Edwin Lee (1918-1994); American playwright and lyricist. With his writing partner, Jerome Lawrence, Lee worked for Armed Forces Radio during World War II; Lawrence and Lee became the most prolific writing partnership in radio. They turned to the live theatre in 1955, and are today best remembered for their drama Inherit the Wind, which remains among the most-produced plays in the American theatre. They also collaborated on the plays Auntie Mame, The Incomparable Max, and First Monday in October, among others.

In 1965, Lawrence and Lee founded the American Playwrights' Theatre, a plan to bypass the commerciality of the Broadway stage, which foreshadowed the professional regional theatre movement. In all, they collaborated on 39 works, including a 1956 musical adaptation of James Hilton's Lost Horizon, entitled Shangri-La, with the author himself. They also adapted Auntie Mame into the hit musical Mame with composer Jerry Herman, which won a Tony Award for its star, Angela Lansbury. (Item ID: 25147)

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