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#427 - Eugene O'Neill Autograph Letter Signed Estimate: $1,000+

On staging The Hairy Ape in France: "It is either liked very much—or not liked at all"

ALS, one page both sides, 5.75 x 4.75, Le Plessis letterhead, September 19, [no year]. Letter to "Mr. Bourgeois," in part: "I have signed the papers you sent and am enclosing them to you herewith. I have put down as my address care of the American Play Co. It is possible I may have to return to America before long and that address will always reach me. Moreover, since the agreement between us for 'The Hairy Ape' translation was made stronger…all royalty payments should be made to them for me and cannot be made directly to me. I will be only too glad to pay my share of any business expenses you incurred, for which the producer under French custom is not responsible…As for the matter of an advance royalty, as you say I should have spoken sooner. But it was to your advantage and protection as well as mine to ask for one. But of course, it is not customary…I certainly hope with you that 'The Ape' may succeed and make some money. All I meant was that it is the sort of play, as results elsewhere have proved, that is a big gamble as far as reaching any wide public is concerned. It is either liked very much—or not liked at all." In fine condition, with a central vertical fold.

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