Lot #536
Noel Coward Autograph Letter Signed

"I hate summer stock most bitterly. Everyone is under rehearsed and inaudible"
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Estimate: $300+

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"I hate summer stock most bitterly. Everyone is under rehearsed and inaudible"

ALS signed “Noel,” one page both sides, 7.25 x 10.5, no date but postmarked August 2, 1947. Letter to actress Katharine Cornell, at her summer home 'Chip Chop' on Martha's Vineyard. In part: "What a lovely lovely lovely time we had. I expected it would be perfect and it was just 99 and 1/2 per-cent better! We felt thoroughly low when we left…Tell Nan that 'Marquiet' has definitely become my theme song and that I may publish it at any moment. Then she can bring a suit against me and Bea can write to the 'Times' and we shall have a lot of publicity and fun!

We did a brief tour of New England, mixed with all the gritty old Bostonians—rubbed shoulders—native fashion—with Lowells and Cabots and Lodges. We also rubbed noses with Norah Howard and Gertrude Lawrence. Both of whom were quite good in that idiotic play. We arrived at Fairfield in time to catch Miss Bainter being excellent in 'The Skull beneath the whatever it is.' I hate summer stock most bitterly. Everyone is under rehearsed and inaudible. The audiences are blase and badly mannered and the noises contributed by Nature and Man such as crickets, frogs, dogs, trains, Aeroplanes etc. etc. make concentration bloody difficult. Let's not ever play summer stock honey girl. There's too much left remarkable beneath the visiting star." In fine condition, with some light creasing. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Coward's hand.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021





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