CARL VAN VECHTEN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/11/1963 - HFSID 175128
Sale Price $288.00
CARL VAN VECHTEN
He signs a typed 1963 letter, declining to write an article and giving reasons.
Typed Letter signed: "Carl Van Vechten", 1 page, 5¾x7½. New York, N.Y., 11 July 1963. On personal letterhead to "Dear Mr. Marcus". In full: "Much as I would like to accede to your request, I fear I must refuse. It is at least forty years since I have seen Jim or read him. He never was an intimate friend and I haven't read Schwab's book. It would require two or three months of hard digging to write this article: frankly I haven't the time, but thank you for asking me. Sincerely". Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) was a writer, music and dance critic, and portrait photographer who joined the staff of the New York Times in 1906. he published several collections of essays and 7 novels. He was an avid promoter of the black artists and intellectuals represented in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, but his best-selling novel [Explicit] Heaven (1926) proved controversial, for its portrayal of Harlem life as well as for its title. From the 1930s onward, Van Vechten's primary interest was in photography; many literary and artistic figures posed for his camera. His longtime friend Gertrude Stein, for whom he became literary executor, said that "… having your photograph taken by Carl Van Vechten was a sure sign that you were 'somebody'." Fold crease through signature. Fine condition.
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