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A Group of Letters, Signed, to Critic Leonard Lyons and Sylvia Lyons, with Retained Copy of a Typed Letter to Orville Faubus].
New Yotk, Bermuda, and n.p. 1 October 1958 through 1979. - Consisting of: 4 typed letters, signed, 2 autograph letters, signed, a typed note, signed, an autograph note, signed, and an autograph postcard, signed ("Anita"). Octavo and 12mo, several on Loos's hot pink letterhead, three with original mailing envelopes. Some minor wear and creases from having been mailed, but very good. A sequence of friendly notes and letters from Loos to theatrical critic Leonard Lyons, and his wife, Sylvia Lyons, reading in part: "[30 Nov. 1959] I did not see anything offensive in your story about Gladys's mamma, and I tried to explain to Gladys that the story was a rib at television and not at all directed toward her mamma. However, people are touchy these days . The whole thing will soon blow over. It was wonderful seeing you and Sylvia on your wedding anniversary ."; "[23 Jan. 1964] I'm off to Jolie Gabor's Beauty Farm to recuperate from the Arthur Miller play and will call you on return ."; "[5 Dec. 1966] I believe our Gladys has established some sort of a record by having two books dedicated to her in one season. The latest is Burt Blechman's new novel Maybe. Its dedication reads 'To Anita, Gladys and Miss Moore.' Seeing that I dedicated my own book to her, doesn't this rather mean that Mme. Gladys deKalb is a later-day . Mme de Stael?"; "[13 Nov. 1967] When you offered us the honor of taking Mrs. Eban to the Plaza Hotel, Dick [Coe] and I were on the spot because . [the Lowes] had told us to be waiting for Carol directly in front of the stage-door because she would be pulled apart by a mob of fans. As a matter of fact we got to the stage-door just in time to rescue her . [W]hen we explained the incident to Carol, she gave us hell for not taking you to the Plaza. So we really committed two Faux Pas instead of one . [O]ur Miss Moore will open on December 7th in Nutcracker with the New York City Ballet Company. To begin her career at nine in a Balanchine production isn't too bad, is it?"; "[30 Jan. 1970] This is to ask if we may add your name to our glamorous Committee for a Supper-Dance to be given May 7th at the Museum . The . exhibit . will honor the Stars of the Theatre, past, present and future. Nedda Harrigan Logan is our Honorary Chairwoman; Ruth Gordon and I, co-Chairwomen. It will be the first big party of Spring; on that night all Broadway will move to Fifth Avenue, and there will be champagne . You will really have no duties except to lend your name and be proud of the company it keeps ." Also included is a carbon copy (unsigned) of a jesting typed letter from Loos to Governor Faubus of Little Rock, Arkansas, explaining the history of how an article by H.L. Mencken prompted her to choose ". Little Rock as the birthplace of my ignoramus heroine of 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' . because I wanted her to come from the lowest possible stratum of intelligence. I thought these good old times were long past and that in spite of everything the Arkansans had learned to read and write and when, today on the front pages of all New York papers, there appeared that historic sign in which the word 'government' is misspelled, I realize the good old days are still with you. I am sure this makes you very happy, so I send my congratulations."
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA]
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