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    "... first draft of one of my better stories..."

    John Updike. The Bulgarian Poetess. Original Typed Manuscript of the first draft of this short story. [N.p., n.d., ca. 1954]. Twenty-two quarto leaves, rectos only. Approximately 11 x 8.5 inches on plain paper. With extensive manuscript and typed corrections and notes in Updike's hand. Several leaves toned, occasional minor edgewear, else fine. This short story appeared in The New Yorker, March 13, 1965 (a copy of this issue is included - signed by Updike on page 44, the first page of this story). [Together With:] John Updike. The Clan. Original Signed Typescript Fair Copy of this poem. [N.p., n.d.]. One quarter page. Approximately 11 x 8.5 inches on plain paper (on the verso it is typed: "This typescript is a copy for collector purposes"). One horizontal crease, minor rubbing. Fine. This poem originally appeared in The New Yorker on December 18, 1954. [Together With:] John Updike. Typed Letter Signed. [N.p.]: March 9 [no year]. One quarto page, recto only. Approximately 11 x 8.5 inches on plain paper. Some toning to edge, else fine. This letter, addressed to author and activist Lewis Galantiere, is a response by Updike to an evident request by Galantiere for a donation request for a typescript of Updike's to be auctioned for charity. In this letter, Updike states that "... I have rummaged up the first draft of one of my better stories, I suppose - The Bulgarian Poetess, an international story for an international cause." [Together With:] John Updike. The Music School. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1966. Later Photocopy of Advance Uncorrected Proofs. Bound into later spiral-bound wrappers. The Bulgarian Poetess appears on pages 132-144 of this photocopy.
    The typescript, the fair copy, and the letter are housed in plastic pockets in a custom-made portfolio. and housed in slipcase. Laid-in, is a typed letter signed (June 11, 1993) by a prominent Updike collector to Updike, requesting that Updike supply some background information about this typescript, as it would soon be at auction; Updike obliged by making original ink notations on the letter, signing it, and presumably, returning it. A superb collection. From the collection of I.D. "Nash" Flores III.



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