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    Raymond Radiguet. Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Manuscript. 1) ALS. "Raymond Radiguet." One page in French, 7.75" x 12.25", [Paris?]; Tuesday, n.d. [circa 1920]. This letter, without a greeting, is addressed to the writer, poet, and Surrealist, André Breton (1896-1966). Radiguet writes [English translation], "Can I count on you for Monday, please? I hope not to run into Louis Aragon [Louis Aragon (1897-1982), a French poet who was one of the leading voices of the Surrealist movement in France, and co-founder with Breton and Philippe Soupault of the surrealist review Littérature] who annoys me prodigiously - else quite likeable and other things. To think that people are in the habit of attributing to you the words, acts, and gestures (they are numerous) of that PUPPET. The strings could stand to be better quality. Have you run that errand for me with Philippe Soupault [Philippe Soupault (1897-1990), a French writer, poet, novelist, critic, and political activist.]? All things considered I do not see what the significance of my 'synthethic' critique could be as applied to 'today.' Instead of a dress shirt I will cut up a work blouse and use it for/at [?] the Champs, if you do not see any inconvenience to that. With this letter you will find a note about Mont de Piété that I have not read [he wrote it]. I trust you enough to hope that you will not share this letter with anyone else." 2) AM. One page in French, 6.25" x 8", [Paris?]; n.d. [circa 1920]. In this short manuscript, Radiguet is poking fun at Breton.
    Raymond Radiguet (1903-1923) was a French novelist and poet whose two novels - Le Diable au corps [The Devil in the Flesh], published in 1923, and Le bal du Comte d'Orgel [Count d'Orgel's Ball], published posthumously in 1924 - were noted for their explicit themes, and unique style and tone. He died in Paris at the age of 20 from tuberculosis.
    Condition: The letter and manuscript have horizontal and vertical folds, slight toning, edge wear; otherwise good.


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