AMS signed "Leonard Bernstein" (once) and "Bernstein" (three times), seven pages on four sheets, 6.5 x 8.5, January 7, 1935. Handwritten essay by Leonard Bernstein entitled "Rolland: Jean-Christophe," penned while a freshman at Harvard. Romain Rolland's ten-volume novel centers on Jean-Christophe Krafft, a composer of genius whose life is depicted from cradle to grave—a fascinating topic for the young Bernstein to explore. He notes, in part: "'Jean-Christophe' is my favorite book. It has every reason to be. Primarily, it harmonizes with my tastes and offers a character which I can understand and sympathize with. Secondly, the book is incomparably well written. The word-pictures and dissertations never tire one—a rare thing for long books…Rolland has an uncanny sense of human values and inner motives; and this, together with his extensive knowledge of music, well qualifies him to produce a 'chef d'oeuvre' such as this." In fine condition.
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