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P.W. "BILL" MANCHESTER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/30/1970 - HFSID 316855

P.W. "BILL" MANCHESTER The dance critic thanks John Willis, Editor of Theatre World, for dedicating an issue of Dance World to her and for a delicious fruit cake Autograph letter signed: "PW. Manchester", in black felt tip, 2 pages, 5¾x7¾. December 30, 1950. Cincinnati, Ohio.

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P.W. "BILL" MANCHESTER
The dance critic thanks John Willis, Editor of Theatre World, for dedicating an issue of Dance World to her and for a delicious fruit cake
Autograph letter signed: "PW. Manchester", in black felt tip, 2 pages, 5¾x7¾. December 30, 1950. Cincinnati, Ohio. In part: "Dear Mr. Willis, This is an embarrassment of riches indeed. First you dedicate your 1971 Dance World to me + then you send me a sinfully rich fruit cake. But I do thank you most sincerely for both". P.W. "Bill" Manchester (1907-1998) was a critic and writer. Named Phyllis Winifred at birth, the critic often went by P.W. or simply by "Bill", a nickname given to her by her father as a child. Her first published writings appeared in the popular Theatre World publication in 1941. She also published her first book, Vic-Wells: A Ballet Progress, shortly after. The book was the best non-fiction seller of 1942, and the writer became a popular voice in the dance scene. Manchester also wrote and edited for several publications, including Ballet Today, Dance News, and Dance Encyclopedia. In addition to writing, Manchester served as a lecturer on dance at the University of Cincinnati, a position she held for 24 years. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tony for Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Normal mailing folds. Corners slightly worn. Light surface creases. Fine condition.

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