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Conrad, Joseph
Autograph Letter Signed to the actress "My dear Catherine [Willard]"
1923. [to the actress to be "Lena"] Oyster Bay, NY: two pages (first and third pages of stationery of "Effendi Hill"), dated Tuesday 8 May 1923. Signed "J. Conrad". Catherine Livingstone Willard was born in Dayton Ohio in 1895 (?), lived her childhood years first in Cincinnati and then in England, spent some theatrical-training years in France, and in 1915 returned to England where her Exeter debut was in "The Taming of the Shrew." After a few more years with the Old Vic in London, she returned to America in 1921 (two years before this letter), and went on to have a 25-year career as a leading lady, first in Boston and then on Broadway. (Her second husband, from 1931 to 1945, was Ralph Bellamy.) Her mother Grace lived in England and was a journalist and interior designer -- who had worked on the interior of "Oswalds" for the Conrads. When Conrad and Henry Irving were contemplating a stage version of the novel VICTORY (it never happened), Conrad recommended Catherine as the actress to play Lena.~This letter was written while Conrad stayed at "Effendi Hill" on Long Island -- named for FND, Frank N. Doubleday, his American publisher; having arrived on the Tuscania nine days earlier, this was Conrad's first and last trip to America, as he died a little over a year later. The text of the letter reads:~Just a word to tell you that I am coming to Boston next week, on a tour arranged by my dear friends and hosts in this country Mr & Mrs Doubleday. | I will let you know more when the dates are fixed. But it is certain that we will see each other before long. | Thank you for your let … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [U.S.A.]
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