GEORGE BERNARD SHAW - TYPED NOTE SIGNED 10/01/1950 - HFSID 253987
Sale Price $1,360.00
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
George Bernard Shaw sends a typed note giving his permission to quote his letter.
Typed Note Signed: "G. Bernard Shaw/10-1-1950" on verso of 5½x3½ postal card. Welwyn, Herts, 1950 January 10.To J.W. Robertson Scott, Idbury Manor, Kingham, Oxford. In full: "You have my permission to use quote in full my letter on page 154 of your book, to which you refer." 3 handwritten corrections (bolded). Handwritten postscript at upper margin: "Hyndman's full name was Henry Mayers Hyndman, not F.G. as you have typed it. F.G. was Greenwood." Addressed by typewriter on verso. Lightly creased. Shaded from prior framing. Postal markings touch writing (all legible). Paper clip impression at upper right margin touches 1 word of writing. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by unsigned photograph of Shaw. B/w, 4½x6½. Minor surface creases (not evident head on), else fine condition. Written just ten months before Shaw's death on November 2, 1950. This letter mentions HENRY MAYERS HYNDMAN (1842-1921), who was a British socialist whom Shaw had met in 1882, when he had joined the Social Democratic Federation. The organization was headed by Hyndman, who introduced him to the works of Karl Marx. Shaw would leave the SDF in 1884 to join the Fabian Society, and his plays and other works often reflected socialistic values. Both Hyndman and Shaw had written articles for the "Pall Mall Gazette". In the year of this letter, Scott, the recipient of this letter, published The Story of the Pall Mall Gazette. The "F.G." or "Greenwood" referred to in this letter was likely a reference to a letter written to Hyndman in 1913 by a Miss F.L. Greenwood, who expressed sympathy on the death of Hyndman's wife.GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (1856-1950), the 1925 Nobel Prize-winning Dublin-born British playwright and critic, is best known for his plays Man and Superman, Candida, Pygmalion (the basis for My Fair Lady), Saint Joan and Major Barbara. Shaw had also been one of the contributors to Scott's successful magazine, "The Countryman" (other contributors included G.K. Chesterton, Hugh Walpole and a number of prominent politicians). J.W. ROBERTSON SCOTT, a respected journalist and writer on rural affairs in Britain and abroad, had founded "The Countryman" magazine in 1927 and published it from his estate, Idbury Manor, until his retirement in 1949, when the magazine's operations were moved to Burford in Oxfordshire. Scott had previously published England's Green and Pleasant Land (1947) and would later publish compilations of articles and photographs from his magazine as well as several other books, such as The Day Before Yesterday: Memories of an Uneducated Man (1951) and We' and Me (1956). Two items.
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