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    Thornton Wilder: Two Autograph Letters Signed. The first: one page, 6" x 7", "50 Deepwood Drive" letterhead, July 10, 1959, Hamden, Connecticut, to Miss Nicholson of Reader's Digest. In full: "You sent me (a cheque and) a remark about matters permitted and forbidden in various European countries. I never said it; it's not the kind of thing I say (slap-dash epigrams, so wide-swinging that they cease to be instructive). I return the cheque - with thanks - but allow me to keep the letter and the quotation for my enlarging collection of remarks I never made. Sincerely yours..." A single mailing fold and a paperclip indentation at the top, else very fine.

    The second: one page, 5.5" x 3.5" "Miss Isabel Wilder" personal postcard (with stamp and cancellation on verso), July 22 [1959], Hamden, Connecticut, to Miss Nicholson again. In full: "Don't ever go to the trouble of suppressing it. I've even had recipes ascribed to me - and I can barely make toast. In Europe even more than here young journalists try to get their squibs sold by attaching them to 'names'. Lately I saw Sismondi's beautiful epigram ascribed to me: 'The rich are always telling us how unhappy they are; it's their way of wishing to monopolize everything'. I wish I'd said that. Sincerely yours..." Penciled notes at the left give the full name of Sismondi and his death date. Postal cancellations affect a few words at the beginning of the letter but are well away from the signature, else very fine. Two interesting and humorous letters from this popular playwright and novelist.

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