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TYPED LETTER SIGNED by EDWARD TANNER, who wrote under the pseudonym of PATRICK DENNIS, regarding rights to publish an excerpt from "LITTLE ME".
New York, June 17, 1961.. 1961.. Good. - Over 200 words typed on 9-5/8 inch high by 7-1/4 inch wide stationery with the author's address embossed at the top. In his letter addressed to Philip Dunning of The Dramatists Guild, Edward Tanner gives his permission for The Dramatists Bulletin to publish an excerpt from "Little Me" which he had written under the pseudonym of Patrick Dennis. "As far as I am concerned, The Dramatists Bulletin may excerpt any 300 to 400 words of Little Me it wishes to, the choice being left entirely up to you". He goes on to enumerate who should be credited and what statements need to accompany the excerpt, including "that it will be produced as a musical by Feuer & Martin, starring Sid Caesar in the Spring of 1962...." Although he has no objections, he does note that there could be a minor stumbling block in that Show Business Illustrated "holds exclusive first serial rights" and suggests that since "the Bulletin is in no way competitive with SBI, I cannot imagine premission being refused. However, just to keep everything neat and tidy, you will have to get SBI's written permission." Signed "Edward Tanner". Folded for mailing, there is a rough tear to the right edge of the top fold. The corners are creased with a tiny chip out from the top right corner and there is some minor soiling.

Born Edward Everett Tanner III (1921-1976), the author of "Little Me" was nicknamed "Pat" by his father after the Irish heavyweight fighter Pat Sweeney. Liking the name Pat, he wrote his 1955 novel "Auntie Mame: An Irreverant Escapade" under the pseudonym Patrick Dennis and penned several more novels under that name, including "Little Me". His prolific career also included several other novels penned as Virginia Rowans, another pseudonym. His satirical novel "House Party" penned as Virginia Rowans, is said to have been the prototype for the television sitcom "The Phyllis Diller Show". Turned down by nineteen publishers, "Auntie Mame", his third novel and the first written as Patrick Dennis, stayed on the bestseller list for two years, became a Broadway play and movie and finally made him a millionaire. Collaborating with his friend, the actor and photographer Cris Alexander, Tanner wrote the campy faux-autobiographical novel "Little Me" illustrated with clever staged photographs. The novel, adapted to the stage by Neil Simon, followed "Auntie Mame" to Broadway. Although married, with 2 children, Tanner led a bisexual life and was a regular participant in Greenwich Village's gay scene. When interest in his work fell out of fashion in the 1970's Tanner worked as a butler, a job he apparently enjoyed and he even served as McDonald's CEO Ben Kroc's butler for a while. Employed as Edward Tanner, his employers had no idea of his previous career as a best-selling author.

A SCARCE autograph.
      [Bookseller: Blue Mountain Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.]

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