HELENE HANFF - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/31/1977 - HFSID 73554
Sale Price $270.00
The 84 Charing Cross author writes to colleague about her books and advertisements, signs name in brown ink
Autograph letter signed: "Helene" in brown ink. 1 page front and verso, 6x7. Written on personal letterhead. Original envelope included. Addressed to Ms. Constance Spencer of San Francisco, California. New York City, New York. 1977 October 31. In full: "Am hanging onto your letter till the cards come. Ogilvy and Mather - ad agency here at 2 E. 48th St. NY 10017 - makes posters and buttons for ('The Committee for the Public Interior' - the same New York citizens' committee) which I bought & took over to Andre Deutsch and which he himself bought when he was here. If you need any of them, or want a price list write to Ms. Pat Kinder, 10th floor at the above address. There's also a place that sells 'Big Apple' postcards for - I think - $6.00 a hundred if you can imagine ever needing them; I've lost their address but Ogilvy & Mather have it. Bless you for all your trouble - & for telling me about the TLS ad which Nobody at Deutsch's thought to tell me about! Hope the book isn't a great disappointment to you. Excuse scrawl, I'm swamped. Yrs". Autograph note on envelope: "Cards just this minute came. Will go off today. H.H. I hope I didn't ruin them. (I think I did)". Helene Hanff (1917-1997) earned a living as a TV screenwriter and freelance writer for magazines while trying unsuccessfully for many years to get her plays published. In 1949, she began a 20-year correspondence with a second-hand bookstore in London. Her letters to the bookstore, many of which were vivid descriptions of life in New York City, was published in 1970 as 84 Charing Cross Road, achieving great success. A BBC dramatization appeared in 1975, and the following year a theatre version began a long, successful run in London. A film version of the work, starring Anne Bancroft as Hanff and Anthony Hopkins as her London correspondent Frank Doel, appeared in 1986. Hanff's other writings include The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, Letter from New York, and an autobiography, Underfoot in Show Business and several children's books. She wrote multiple drafts of a work revealing a love affair with a famous American, but the book was never published nor the name of the lover revealed. Slightly toned. Fine condition.
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