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Saroyan, William; and others
Unique William Saroyan Collection. 25 Items: Manuscripts, Letters, Notes, Telegrams, Books and Photographs [SOME SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY SAROYAN]
1944. 1. Essay: Seven-Page Typed Essay on George Bernard Shaw, written by William Saroyan in London on "October 4, 1944, 12:15 A.M." With the author's holograph corrections (both additions and deletions) throughout. Unpublished. Manuscript preceded by a cover sheet on which Saroyan has typed, "This piece will cost The New York Times one thousand dollars because it took me three hours to write it and I like to get three hundred thirty three dollars thirty three and a third cents per hour, because I think it's worth it, because I think The New York Times can afford it, and because that's how much I want for it." The essay, which details a brief meeting with Shaw ("All told I don't suppose I spent more than forty five minutes with Shaw"), rambles from Saroyan's musings on his own life to an appraisal of the older playwright. Over the course of some 2500 words Saroyan carries on a stream-of-consciousness conversation on Shaw's politics, spirituality and outspokenness, concluding, "It is no good expecting great men to be great. That exertion they reserve for God. Consequently I did not expect to find George Bernard Shaw great. I was not disappointed. He was not great." 2. Two Letters: Four-Page Typed Letter to Whit Wellman at the Five Star Weekly in San Francisco dated April 16, 1937. Author's corrections throughout. Signed by Saroyan. The letter is in response to a previous letter from Wellman that requested material for a piece on "How They Write." Saroyan discusses his fourth book (Little Children), the hundreds of stories he has written and the publications that have printed … [Click Below for Full Description]
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