ARTHUR HAMMERSTEIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/23/1940 - HFSID 296228
ARTHUR HAMMERSTEIN Handwritten letter candidly explaining the reasons he has decided "not to produce again." Autograph Letter signed: "Arthur H", 1 page, 7x11. Great Neck, New York, 1940 May 23.
Sale Price $270.00
Handwritten letter candidly explaining the reasons he has decided "not to produce again."
Autograph Letter signed: "Arthur H", 1 page, 7x11. Great Neck, New York, 1940 May 23. On personal letterhead to "Dear Ed", in full: "Sorry to say but I've decided not to produce again. The percentage of success and the jeopardy to what is left of the bank account 'plus age' forced me to decide reluctantly. I thank you just the same. Sincerely." Arthur Hammerstein (1872-1955), the son of opera impresario Oscar Hammerstein I and the uncle of librettist and producer Oscar Hammerstein II, was himself a producer of operettas, notably The Firefly (1912), Katinka (1915) and Rose Marie (1924). He also produced a film, Lottery Bride (1930). In 1940 he wrote the song Because of You, which became a big hit for Tony Bennett in 1951. Multiple mailing folds. Edges toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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