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    Raymond Radiguet. Le diable au corps. Typed Manuscript with Holograph corrections.
    A substantial and important archive of 122 leaves paginated 1-123, with pages 6 and 7 on same leaf, of typescript draft of Le diable au corps, housed in a paper-covered board sleeve, 9.5" x 11.5", in paper covered slip case. Typescript followed by seventeen numbered leaves of typescript with title "Fin du texte Diable au corps." Holograph corrections by Radiguet throughout. [Together with:] Loose, unsewn gatherings of first edition page proofs, with holograph corrections scattered throughout; publisher's proof stamps throughout. [And:] A clipping from a French-language newspaper of an illustration and article by the French poet Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) about Radiguet. Penciled attribution at head says it comes from Nouvelles litteraires, June 5, 1952: "Raymond Radiguet shares with Arthur Rimbaud the terrible privilege of being a phenomenon of French literature. He is a plan that speaks, of sorts. In Le Diable au corps, this plant recounts the mystery of its roots. In Le Bal du comte d'Orgel, this plant flowers, and its perfume is language." [And:] Typewritten catalog description says the following: "Very precious manuscript containing on all pages the handwritten variations, additions, suppressions or corrections of the author. Furthermore, the first leaf, containing text corresponding to the first two printed pages of the work, is entirely handwritten, with some retouching. This manuscript is infinitely precious, being that of a work full of promise by an author who conceived of and wrote it between the ages of sixteen and eighteen years, and is the only important work... that he lived to see published and correct himself. Radiguet, precocious equal to Rimbaud, was not quite twenty years old when Le Diable au corps was released. He died the same year, in 1923, the 12 December." [And:] Two undated manuscript leaves on Radiguet and his two novels, signed by Pierre Dominique. [And:] Letter dated Paris, March 27, 1957 - "I undersign Daniel Bruy, having sold this day, in full ownership, to Mr. D. Rodel the manuscript (in connection with Cocteau) - Diable au corps by Radiguet." [And:] Letter, dated July 14, 1957, on stationary of Daniel Rodel, bookseller: "I undersign, Daniel Rodel, bookseller, in recognition of having sold to Mr. Car, in full ownership, the typed manuscript with holograph corrections, of 'Diable au corps' by R. Radiguet...." [And:] Four leaves, clipped together at upper left corner, typewritten manuscript study of Radiguet and his novels, signed by François Mauriac, with holograph corrections.

    A remarkable archive pertaining to Radiguet's first novel.

    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: Overall good; some of the pages of the typescript are chipped along edges.


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