Date Published: 1935 to 1975
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Robert Nathan was an American novelist, poet, a children’s author, and an author of screenplays and radio and TV programs. Nathan's seventh wife was the British actress Anna Lee, to whom he was married from 1970 until his death.
The collection has 13 items dating from 1935 to 1975, specifically, 8 letters, 3 signed books, 1 photo and 1 card.
7 Letters - 3 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS) and 4 Typed Letters Signed (TLS):
• ALS to the Week and Book Service, n.d., does not want “Whistle Stop”, does not want books to be sent on approval.
• ALS to Patricia Moore, envelope post-marked 12 March 1937, telling her that he has just returned from Jamaica and that she can buy a copy of A Cedar Box from Brentanos or Young Books.
• ALS to [Ken] Browne, 3 September [197?], with signed photo of Nathan and his wife, thanking Browne for his letter, was in Arizona once years ago with another wife (now dead) at a friend’s wedding, “But a book - `The Mallot Diaries’ came out of it.”
• TLS to Pauline Wolinski, 25 April 1935, re writing an article on euthanasia without a fee, strongly declining to do so. • TLS to Mr. Luetge, 22 September ?, returning $5 to him and the poems, has signed one of the poems, will autograph a book for him, doesn’t want his signed poems circulated.
• TLS to Miss Harchard, Editor of the Book of the Month Club, envelope post-marked 1940, declining to reviewThe Beloved Returns by Thomas Mann.
• TLS to Constance May Leighton, 4 November 1953, telling her that as a rule he doesn’t sign ordinary editions of his books but to send the five books to him with sufficient stamps and wrapping.
3 Books: all signed and 1 with ALS.
• The Devil with Love. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963. Prink floral paper boards, quarter bound in green turquoise cloth, slightly chipped dust jacket. Signed inscription on front free endpaper to Harold and Dorothy Gordon and ALS to them, 15 May , with envelope, thanking them for the lovely party and delicious dinner (“the best roast beef I’ve had since Simpsons in London, in 1927!”).
• Road of Ages. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. Brown cloth, bookplate on the front free endpaper of Carl William Hull, inscribed “Robert Nathan says that”.
• A Cedar Box. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1929. No. 1216 of 1500 copies printed for sale, patterned paper boards, quarter-bound in gold cloth. Signed card on the front free endpaper.
2 Ephemera, both signed:
• B&w photo of Nathan with his wife, the British actress Anna Lee, and another woman, circa 1979.
• Signed card of Anna Lee.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.