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BERNIE (BERNARD) CORNFELD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/28/1973 - HFSID 17807

This rare letter was written by Cornfeld, while he was being held in a Geneva prison, to cartoonist Al Capp in 1973. In it, he writes about Watergate scandal and about the books that Capp had sent to him in prison. Autograph letter signed "Bernard".

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BERNARD CORNFELD
This rare letter was written by Cornfeld, while he was being held in a Geneva prison, to cartoonist Al Capp in 1973. In it, he writes about Watergate scandal and about the books that Capp had sent to him in prison.
Autograph letter signed "Bernard". 2 pages, 8x11½, 1 sheet front and verso, on ruled stationery from Saint-Antoine Prison, Geneva, Switzerland. July 28, 1973. At the top of each of the first sheet, Cornfeld has printed his name: "CORNFELD BERNARD". Addressed to American cartoonist Al Capp. In full: "Dear Al - You'll notice from my letterhead that my address hasn't changed. I just wrote Leo [illegible] a long letter telling him my theories of the economic implications of Watergate and the next three years with-out an effective execut-ive branch of government. Writing Leo about economics is almost like writing Nixon about how to bug a room. You really should try to see Leo before you go to London although I doubt that you'll agree with his des-cription of Watergate as 'a magnificent demonstration of the continuing vitality of our society.' I consider it a mag-nificent demonstration of how a society can destroy itself. I read Max Wilk he compares to Max Schulman much like Zazu Pitts compares with Candy Bergen. In one case both are writers in the other both are female. Read Schulmans [sic] 'Potatoes are Cheaper' or 'Dobie Gillis' he's really a consumatly [sic] funny writer. The Odessa file is badly written but so engrossing you can't put the book down. I've read Chiam [sic, Chaim] Potoks [sic] 'The Chosen' its [sic] one of the most beautiful books I've ever read - get a copy if you have it read it already. I read Harold Robbin's The Inheritors I still haven't read 'Betsey'. He's very commercial and at times very good. He's my neighbor in L. A. he's been to the house and has invited me to his house in the past. Many thanks for the books 'ole buddy' (Bobby used to call you that). Do keep writing - regards to all. I'm really fine - good health good spirits - Best Regards". Lightly toned and creased. 4 holes punched in sheet, which touch handwriting. Handwriting is lightly smeared in places. Folded in quarters and unfolded. Light tears in bottom edge along folds. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: original stamped envelope. Postmarked July 31, 1973. Addressed to Al Capp, Boston, Massachusetts. With Cornfeld's return address on verso. Lightly toned and creased. Torn open at upper edge. Otherwise in fine condition. CORNFIELD (1927-1995, born in Istanbul, Turkey) was an American financier. Cornfield was involved financially with Robert Vesco and was in prison in Geneva facing charges of fraud over the collapse of his Investors Overseas Services which had, before its 1970 implosion, raised over $2.5 billion. Cornfeld was released on bail of £700,000 in 1974 and was cleared on all charges in 1979. He died of pneumonia in London, England in 1995. AL CAPP was the famed cartoonist who created L'il Abner, Daisy Mae and the other residents of Dogpatch.

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