Nobel Prize-winning British author (1867-1933) best known for the Forsyte Saga. ALS, three pages on two sheets, 8 x 10, Grove Lodge letterhead, July 17, 1921. Letter to philanthropist Adolph Lewisohn urging him to bankroll the poetic drama 'Hassan,' in part: “I have not the least idea whether you ever interest yourself in dramatic art—though opera & music, I know, do benefit by your help and encouragement. If, however, by any chance you do feel an interest in drama I should like to draw your attention to what in my view is about the best poetic drama in the English language since Shakespeare—James Elroy Flecker’s 'Hassan' which still awaits production both in England and America. The rights are held by a young English (London) management called 'Randeau,' who produced among other plays my 'Skin-Game' and Clemence Dane's 'A Bill of Divorcement'…'Hassan,' which is founded on one of the Arabian Night tones requires expression and elaborate production, which has been the reason for delay. My own view is that it must be a striking success…both on the American and English Stage…My interest in it, of course, is purely that of a literary man who wishes to see so really fine a drama given a proper chance…if by chance you should feel interested to help this production forward, you could I am sure see a copy by writing to the Managing Director…Basil Dean, Player's Club, Gramercy Park, New York." In fine condition, with light soiling and a punch hole to the top. Lewisohn, who was known as the 'Copper King,' was a philanthropist and promoter of the arts, who donated his art collection to the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Dean did in fact produce 'Hassan' in 1923, two years after this letter.
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