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Bentley, Elizabeth
ALS and Inscribed Signed Photograph; American Spy for USSR
Grand Coteau, LA: April 2, 1955. Autograph Letter, 3/4 p. 4to. Grand Coteau, April 2, 1955. Accompanied by a SP. ("Elizabeth T. Bentley") 1p. 8vo. A dramatically lit sepia bust portrait photograph, inscribed on the verso: "To: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Browne / With my best wishes / Elizabeth T. Bentley". Photograph is creased with a paperclip impression and several folds in the upper left corner. Some surface wear, otherwise in good condition. Letter is folded and creased. Elisibeth Bentley. (1908-1963) was an American communist who spied for the Soviet Union and later became an FBI informer who testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee. While studying in Florence during the early 1930s, Bentley was briefly involved with a student fascist group before becoming disillusioned with the cause. At Columbia, she joined the American League Against War and Fascism, organized by the Communist Party of the United States, which she joined in 1935. The same year, she started working for the Italian Library of Information, fascist Italy's propaganda arm in New York City, a position which prompted the Soviets to recruit Bentley to spy on Italy. For two years, Bentley thought she was a spy for the American Communist Party. However, after learning that her contact was an NKVD agent, she was promoted and ran several American espionage networks. During the mid-1940s, Bentley became disgruntled with her Soviet superiors and defected, exposing nearly 150 Americans who spied for the USSR, most notably Treasury Department economist Harry Dexter White, to the FBI. Her revelations pr … [Click Below for Full Description]
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