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    Elia Kazan: Lot of Nine Typed Letters Signed "Elia" to Renee Pappas, at one time wife of music producer Jerry Wexler, spanning the years 1980 through 1993. Elia Kazan (1909-2003) was one of the most influential directors of Broadway and Hollywood, progenitor of "method acting," and founder of the Actor's Studio.

    The first serves as a thank you to Renee and Jerry Wexler following the death of his second wife, actress Barbara Loden. The second is a thank you to the Wexlers for a birthday wish.

    In letter three, Kazan is writing to Renee Wexler asking if his son could stay at her house in Athens: "My son, Leo, is coming to Athens with a charming friend (charming always means the opposite sex. The same sex never charms the same sex.)" He also mentions that he has remarried: "Incidentally, Rennee [sic], your old friend, whom you introduced to me at a dinner party, has now succeeded in marrying me and I her."

    The fourth letter is also to Renee, who it now appears is divorced from Jerry Wexler as her name appears as Pappas, thanking her for her last letter and praising her happiness. Letter five asks Renee to "Give my best to Spiro, who was a faithful attendant at the PLAYWRIGHT DIRECTORS GROUP. The play I wrote will open in Stamford...I've worked a lot on it and it's pretty good now. Wish me luck."

    The sixth letter thanks her for a gift of some drawings. Seven finds Kazan asking for "...some tapes of Tsitsanes's [Greek musician Vassilis Tsitsanis] improvisations...I've written Kritas if there's any kind of ceremony honoring him or memorial - I suppose there won't be...Thanks for telling me the bad news about his death. I've really thought about him a lot today."

    Letters eight and nine are thank you letters, one for the gift of the poet Constantine P. Cavafy and the other for a birthday wish.


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    October, 2012
    4th-5th Thursday-Friday
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