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AN ARCHIVE OF SIGNED LETTERS, OFTEN INTIMATE, PENNED & TYPED by the American actress and former Warhol superstar VIVA to her friend the experimental novelist & screenwriter RUDY WURLITZER. Including a substantial 2-page letter typed on the verso of a MERMAID TAVERN broadside for a performance of Stravinsky's "Histoire du Soldat" in which she played the role of "the princess".
New York & California, circa 1974 through 1984. [1974]. [1974]. - - An archive consisting of 8 substantial signed letters and a signed note on a postcard penned & typed by Viva to her friend the experimental novelist & screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer, author of the cult classic novel "Nog". On the verso of a postcard of Bolt Castle in New York State, Viva writes that she'll be leaving for Nova Scotia or California soon but that "I hate to leave without seeing you - what should I do? I love you" and inquires if there may be room for her and her daughter Alexandra ("Alex") "if so - we can help Roberta with the cooking!!!!!". On February 27, 1974 Viva has typed a substantial 2-page letter on the verso of two 14 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide pictorial broadsides advertising her performance as "the princess" in a performance of Igor Stravinsky's "Histoire du Soldat" at the Mermaid Tavern in Topanga, California. Directed by Melvin Levy and narrated by Lou Gossett, the production includes Jan Munroe as the soldier. Addressed to "R." Viva writes "I'm writing about Easter eggs, those artificial ones with a cellophane window on one end where you can look in and see a little tableaux in the hollow egg so naturally I'm reminded of you. My egg. Where's the poem you promised to send a copy of? You can give public readings but you can't send a copy to your one true love." Viva continues with her metaphorical description of Rudy before mentioning that she's "Read the catholic mystics" and inquiring if Rudy's "ever read St. Teresa of Avila or St. John of the Cross? (I don't remember the rest) Padre Pio is somebody you ought to look up, an italian mystic who died recently and used to levitate while saying mass; had the stigmata and all." and writes of the visions which the "lady across the street" used to have and describes how her son was in love with her [i.e. Viva]. She concludes with a paragraph that describes how "When I was a child I used to hallucinate my favorite aunt's face above my bed in two masks." "I love you as much as I used to love God" she writes in ink at the bottom, signed "Viva" with corrections penned in ink and a substantial postscript penned in the margins on Friday morning, framing the text of the letter.In a one-page typed letter Viva writes "Every now and then a wave of missing you comes over me." and about her difficulties writing her current book "The book is very difficult; sometimes I hate the whole thing, find it ponderous and choppy and am cutting down the entire beginning. I hate writing. I don't know why I ever gave up acting." closing with the penciled sentiment "I love you, Viva". In an 8-page autograph letter dated June 29, 1975 penned from Tarzana [California] on 4 sheets of Chicago's "The Drake" stationery, Viva addresses Rudy as "My darling genius". "Waiting for Koningsberg to call about a cocktail party." she writes, and muses on the subject of religion and Catholicism "I think that these professional holy men just keep on and on about sensuality because that's the only thing they are familiar with. They never mention love. Love for the abstract God yes, love for yourself yes, but love for each other - never. They're a bunch of cold fish." She refers to Isherwood's translation of the "Bhagavad Gita" and speaks of sensuality, seduction, love, and writing. "I'm languishing in solitary bliss without you. How can I tell you how much I love you how often I think of you and how beautiful I find you? Quickly - liberate me from this Elizabeth Barrett Browning role you've cast me in." "Give my love to both Roberta and your mother."On July 6th of an unknown year Viva writes, in a 4-page typed letter: "I'm surrounded by beautiful male bodies, my brothers-in-law, who are so sweet and sensual that I feel I've entered into the earthly paradise along with Colette and each step into a corridor or a garden or down a staircase is bound to meet with a caress, a subtle pressure on a hip, a touch, a kiss.will I ever get to that farm?" "In the boathouse the swallows have taken up their annual ab [Attributes: Signed Copy]
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