Date Published: 1948 to 1978
Collection includes 34 items dating from 1948 to 1978, specifically, 3 Edita Morris Inscribed books: Edita Morris to Franklyn Lenthall 10 ephemera items and other correspondence of 21 items to Franklyn Lenthall mini-archive.
Edita Morris was a Swedish-American writer and political activist. Morris is the author of the 3 books in this collection. One of the books is Morris' best known book, The Flowers of Hiroshima. Another of the books is Charade. The book of Charade was dramatized by Mark Walker (his copy of this inscribed Charade book). Charade was brought to the stage by Franklyn Lenthall, the co-owner of the Boothbay Playhouse (summer stock) in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Also included in this collection is a Franklyn Lenthall mini-archive of 28 items of letters and ephemera. Franklyn Lenthall, was an actor, director, author and teacher.
3 Edita Morris Inscribed Books:
• Charade (New York: The Viking Press, 1948), light brownish green and black cloth in pictorial jacket, the jacket a little worn with minor chips. Morris’s second novel, the story of a German family (a poet, his wife, mistress, and children) who take refuge in Poland during the war. With a very nice inscription by Morris on the front free endpaper to Mark Walker: “For Mark, whose dramatization of this story was such a moving experience for me – in admiration – Edita Boothbay, August 2, 60.” Walker wrote a play based on Charade, which was produced at the Boothbay Playhouse (summer stock) in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, which was then under the direction of Franklyn Lenthall. There was also a New York City production of the play, apparently one performance, mainly for the purpose of showing it to prospective investors, under the direction of Stefan Zacharias.
• The Flowers of Hiroshima (London: MacGibbon & Kee, London, 1959). Red paper boards, very good in dust jacket. Morris’s epic novel, which won the Albert Schweitzer Prize, about the victims of the atomic bomb whom Morris met when she visited Hiroshima in 1955. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author to Olivia Manning and husband Reginald Donald "Reggie" Smith: “For Olivia and Reggie – with my best wishes - Edita October, 1959 -.”
• The Seeds of Hiroshima (New York: George Braziller, 1965), pink cloth, light fading at the bottom of the spine, in slightly chipped jacket. Morris’s second novel in this vein which explores the impact of the nuclear holocaust on survivors in Japan. Inscribed by Morris on the front free endpaper as follows: “For Mrs. Alexander Meiklejohn [Helen Everett Meiklejohn], who battled by the side of a great man [Alexander Meiklejohn, philosopher, dean of Brown University and president of Amherst College, and free-speech advocate] for those values in defense of which I wrote this book - Edita Morris 1966”.
Edita Morris to Franklyn Lenthall 10 ephemera items:
• 2 ALS,
• 4 TLS,
• 2 telegrams,
• 1 TL,
• 1 holiday wishes 1960card
• 1 card, from Morris to Lenthall, 10-VIII-61, with envelope, re the theatrical production of Charade.
Correspondence of 21 items to Franklyn Lenthall mini-archive of the following:
• 4 cards from Anne Seymour, a film and television character actress, to Lenthall, 11 December 1969-December 1987, with envelopes,
• 9 ALS from Jonathan Edwards, a fellow actor and friend, to Lenthall, 1978, with envelopes.
• 5 ALS and 1 post card from Richard and Marian Bissell, 2 February 1970-17 November 1978, with envelopes, some letters written to Lenthall and Jim Wilmot, his business partner, about theatre matters.
• Typed statement from J.B. Kass & Co., certified public accountants, about Fiddler on the Roof and the Tevye Company, 16 March 1970.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.