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    "I do not love life, despite my guilty claims that I do." - Tennessee Williams

    Tennessee Williams (1911-1983, American Playwright and Author). Typed Letter Signed. [New Orleans, 24 Jan 1972, from accompanying envelope]. Addressed "Dear Martin" to his friend, Dr. Martin Palmer of Anchorage, Alaska. The letter is typed in ink, but signed and with a final line in pencil. One and one-half octavo pages on one octavo leaf of plain paper. Approximately 8 x 5.75 inches. In this letter, Williams begins by relating that he thinks he signed a book to a mutual friend of theirs. However, later in the letter, Williams reveals something darker: "I do not love life, despite my guilty claims that I do. And I don't enjoy it, really. At least I am always more conscious of disappointment than satisfaction during the last ten years. Work falling off and the whole state of being on the down-grade." One vertical crease, ink note at top of letter in another hand. With the original mailing envelope in Williams' hand. A very good letter with incredible content, not usually associated with Williams.

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    "I think that I am preparing myself for death and I think wisely so. There are so many things I don't want to out-live. In and outside myself. "

    [Later in the letter]

    "I am having to leave this Wednesday for the production of a play off-Broadway - surely the last American production that I will participate in[...]"



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    October, 2012
    4th-5th Thursday-Friday
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