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#620 - Tennessee Williams

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TLS signed “Tom” (with “Tenn” previously written and struck through), one onionskin page, 8 x 11, Hotel Colon letterhead, July 21, 1956. Letter to James Preston Adams, in part: “I have also been going through a sort of nervous crisis, which has kept me from answering your letter earlier. I knew it was coming, as I was terribly, worn out when I left New York, I nearly always go to pieces for a while in the summer as a way of recovering from the strains of the other seasons. After you’ve been through a few of these periods you know that they come and go and you just ‘sweat it out.’ Of course you have to do certain things, mostly things of a physical nature to improve your general condition, such as spending as much time as possible in the sun and also, preferably, by the sea. I tried Rome for a few weeks but got feeling worse all the time, so I flew to Barcelona where there is a good beach only five minutes from this hotel and after a week of sun-bathing and swimming I feel much better and I think I can get thru the summer without much further disturbance. Of course New York is more difficult but there are some good pools and you can even get to the sea now and then if you don’t mind a long subway ride. I enjoyed my first few years in New York. I think you may too when you have found your bearings. Do you see or hear from Bigelow? I think he’s a genuinely warm and good person, at least he has always been in his relations with me which have lasted for 16 years now. What are you doing about studying for theatre, or have you really given that up? I thought, sincerely, that your reading showed talent, but unless you yourself are convinced that you want to be an actor, and are willing to buck the long, or fairly long, period of preparation, of waiting for ‘a break,’ well, it may not be worth the struggle. Or anguish! But, finally, we always do what we want or need to do, there isn’t much conscious choice. We are flying back to New York about the middle of September, yes, flying this time, for the first time, that is, across the ocean. I have seen three bull-fights this week and now I am going to another which is a double-header with twelve bulls and six matadors, twice the usual number of each. It is great theatre, and pageantry.” Williams makes a handwritten correction to the text and adds the date and a postscript providing his address. In fine condition, with intersecting folds (one just barely touching the signature), scattered creasing, and a few small tears to bottom edge. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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