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    Raymond Radiguet. Autograph Letters Signed. Collection of Fourteen ALS and two autograph post cards signed in French to the French painter Irène Lagut or Marie-Reine Onésime Lagut (1893-1994). Various sizes, places, [circa 1919-1922]. Radiguet, a scandal-plagued novelist and womanizer, romanced Lagut off-and-on for several years. She had even painted his portrait on multiple occasions. This collection's subject matter ranges from romantic interest, to gossip, to work-related subjects, to mutual friends and travel companions (Georges Braque and wife, Juan and Josette Gris, Nils and Thora von Dardel, Georges Auric), to literary projects, notably his work on what would become Devoirs de Vacances, published in 1921, although one letter is an original poem, titled Un vrai petit diable (Dictée) and another is a dictated passage to Irène by their mutual friend, Jean Cocteau [Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (1889-1963), a French poet, playwright, novelist, designer, filmmaker, visual artist and critic]. Although the second letter seems to be dated 1929, that is impossible, because Radiguet, who wrote out this dictated letter, died in 1923 from tuberculosis, supposedly contracted from Cocteau. In this letter, Cocteau complains that he (Cocteau) had been ill in bed for sixty days; could this have been a bout with tuberculosis that was passed onto, and eventually killed, his friend Radiguet?
    Lagut, a well-respected artist, is, ironically, best known today for her tempestuous romance with Pablo Picasso. There is a story that Picasso and his friend, the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), kidnapped her and held her in a villa in the Parisian suburbs. She escaped, but willingly returned soon thereafter. They both had other lovers during their time together, but when they decided to marry, she changed her mind, and left him. All of this took place before her time with Radiguet.
    She later reconciled with Picasso, and was the subject of his 1923 painting, The Lovers.
    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: Occasional toning, edge wear, creases. Generally very good.

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