GEORGE GERSHWIN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/18/1932 - HFSID 76270
GEORGE GERSHWIN George Gershwin sends a typed letter about being reimbursed over a missing tablecloth. Typed Letter Signed: "George Gershwin", 1p, 8¼x10¾. New York, 1932 August 18. To Mr. L.H. Goldberg, Mutual Life Insurance Co. of N.Y.
Sale Price $2,880.00
George Gershwin sends a typed letter about being reimbursed over a missing tablecloth.
Typed Letter Signed: "George Gershwin", 1p, 8¼x10¾. New York, 1932 August 18. To Mr. L.H. Goldberg, Mutual Life Insurance Co. of N.Y. In full: "This is to sanction your proceeding in the suit against the Independence Indemnity Company, provided that in so doing I shall not be involved, either financially or legally." On July 14, 1932 George Gershwin wrote the following to insurance agent, L.H. Goldberg: "When Henry J. Precheur, Insurance Representative, called yesterday, he asked that I send you a detailed description of the lost table-cloth and of the circumstances attending its disappearance. They are as follows: The table-cloth, an account of which has been sent you, was in my possession approximately nine months ago. Between that time and this I had no occasion to use it, until a week ago, when I discovered that it had disappeared. A thorough search of the apartment was made and the laundry questioned, with no result. Three months ago a change was made in my household staff, my butler, Hans Tewes and wife, leaving my employ for Germany. I have, however, no reason for suspecting them of dishonesty. The address of Hans Tewes is 75 Konig-strasse, Kiel, Germany, and of the Apollo Hand Laundry, 525 Columbus Avenue, New York City, should you wish to communicate with either of them. Every effort has been made to determine the whereabouts of this article, and with the facts as I have presented them I am unable to say whether it was lost or stolen." The lawsuit mentioned in this letter may have occurred between the laundry's insurer and that of Gershwin. George had lived in the penthouse suite of 33 Riverside Drive adjoining his brother Ira's, where they had moved in the spring of 1929 after leaving their house on 103rd Street in New York. In 1932, Gershwin released "Second Rhapsody" in January; published his limited edition George Gershwin's Song Book in May; and continued to correspond with DuBose Heyward, author of Porgy, for which Gershwin wanted to compose as an opera. His dream opera was realized in 1935 with the opening of Porgy and Bess, acclaimed as his best work. Earlier, in 1931, the Gershwins' compositions for Of Thee I Sing hit Broadway like a storm and earned them the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. George Gershwin (1898-1937), born Jacob Gershovitz (later shortened to Gershwin), was one of the greatest songwriters of his day and also a "serious" composer who bridged the gap between classical and popular music. In 1910, his mother purchased a piano for George's older brother, 14-year-old Ira, but it was 12-year-old George who quickly took to it. George's first Broadway show, La, La Lucille, ran for one hundred performances in 1919, the same year Al Jolson heard Gershwin's 1917 song "Swanee" and added it to his touring show. Gershwin's works include Rhapsody in Blue (1924), Porgy and Bess (1935) and the first Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Of Thee I Sing (1931). In 1937, the year he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, Gershwin died of a brain tumor in 1937 at the age of 38. Folds do not touch signature. Lightly creased, one lightly touches the "h" in Gershwin. Tip of upper right corner missing. ¼x¼-inch nick at right edge.
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