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    Raymond Radiguet. Autograph Letter Signed. "Raymond Radiguet." Two pages in French, with canceled postal cover, 6" x 8", [Paris]; Tuesday, January 13, 1920. This letter is addressed to the French writer, poet, and Surrealist, André Breton (1896-1966), Radiguet tells Breton how much he enjoys his new play, Les Champes magnétiques, co-written with the French writer, poet, and novelist Phillippe Soupault (1897-1990) [English translation], "This is a very serious letter, that is, unlike I am used to writing. Your play is absolutely similar. Exactly what I expected of you. I can now admit to you that the Champs Magnétiques disappointed me because it was so boring, I thought. The second act is a masterpiece (I do not believe you have ever heard me utter that ridiculous word). I would like to get details about Philippe Soupault's level of involvement (whatever it was, it is definitely the best thing he has ever done). Reading the play awakened in me a deep sense of sympathy for Soupault. Not for you, of course, since it has been a long time that I love and admire you. Could we not meet somewhere else than Certa because I hate ironic glances. Still I will come tomorrow. Is your conference project serious? I am delighted by it."
    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: Letter has horizontal and vertical folds, light edge wear, with chipping to original mailing envelope; otherwise very good.


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