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A Sendak designed holiday card with a warm and lengthy handwritten letter detailing Sendak's excitement about his involvement in a production of the Pacific Northwest Ballet?s Nutcracker as well as his design for the opera version of Wild Things Sendak's version of Nutcracker would break all box office records
December 1982. 4.75" x 5.75". "Autograph Letter Signed, ?Maurice,? 2 pages, 4.75? x 5.75?, inside a Christmas card with cover artwork by Sendak. Letter is in pen with transcription in pencil above each line. Fine Condition. Letter reads in full, ?Dear Minnie, / The rocks arrived safely - much, much thanks - and of course, among the many beauties I found these special favorites that reside with all those other special favorites from years past ?" in a glass bowl, in my room I?m very grateful. I?ve just come home from somewhere very close to you ?" Seattle, where I spent 4 days working very hard with the Northwest Pacific Ballet Co. on our new production of Nutcracker for next Xmas. The rented a house on Denbey(?) [Whidbey] Island off Puget Sound & we finally all agreed to a conception ?" a design that we all like. I?ve already told them a certain Minnie Kane (and family if you wish) must be invited to opening night of Nutcracker next December. I hope it is a production I want you to see. I?m very nervous & a bit tired at the worst. Am also designing the opera version of Wild Things to open also next December in London. It is a great balancing act & for the most part, I am delighted. / My best wishes to you for a splendid New Year! / Gratefully, / Maurice.? The Nutcracker Sendak describes in his letter, ?broke all box office records? (PNB press release), and is seen as so fantastic that, ?this Nutcracker alone is worth a trip to Seattle,? (Newsweek). In fact, Sendak?s Nutcracker described in this letter is ?the world?s most recognized and celebrated production of Nutcracker.?"
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