Date Published: 1931 to 1939
Binding: No binding & soft cover
AN ACCLAIMED FRENCH JEWISH NOVELIST WHO DIED TRAGICALLY IN THE HOLOCAUST
Irène Némirovsky born in Kiev, Ukraine was a novelist who lived most of her life in France after her family went into exile after the Russian Revolution. Although she wrote in French, she was denied French citizenship. In 1926, she married Michel Epstein, a banker, and had two daughters. During her career she was a popular and critically acclaimed writer, welcomed into the most distinguished circles of the Parisian literati. Although she was baptized into the Roman Catholic faith in 1939, she was arrested as a Jew and died at Auschwitz at the age of 39. She is best known for Suite française, a planned sequence of five novels, posthumously published in 2004.
The collection contains 4 items dating from 1931 to 1939 specifically, 1 letter and 3 books.
1 Autographed Letter Signed (ALS) with “Deux” book and orange band lain-in:
• ALS addressed Cher Monsieur, Paris, 9 December 1938, written in French, 2 pp. She apologizes for the lateness of her reply (“j’ai étée terriblement bousculée”). She has received the books and thanks her correspondent for sending them. She is not jaded by the joy and emotion to know that she has readers of her books outside of France. She doesn’t quite know when her novel, Deux, will appear, perhaps in February or May of the next year. Her publisher would know about the publication date.
With Deux. Paris: Albin Michel Éditeur, 1939. Paperback (12 × 18.7 cm), 254,  pp., “3 Mille” on front cover, slightly used covers, minor foxing, otherwise in very good condition and a laid-in orange wraparound band (“LE PREMIER ROMAN D’AMOUR d’Irène Némirovsky” Imprimé sur vélin superiér).
• Les mouches d’automne. Paris: Éditions Bernard Grasset, 1931. Paperback (17 × 11 cm), 150,  pp. Signed on the half title: “A Monsieur Van Melle | Hommage de l’auteur | Irène Némirovsky”. Slight tear on the bottom of the spine.
• La Proie. Paris: Albin Michel Éditeur, 1938. Paperback (19 × 12 cm), 318,  pp. “13e mille” on front cover, slightly cocked. Photo of Némirovsky on the back cover with excerpts of reviews of her other works.
With signed page (the half title of her work, La Proie): “A Monsieur Roger Nicolle | Très sincèrement | Irène Némirovsky”.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.