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    W. Somerset Maugham. Five Autograph Letters Signed To Friends of Maugham, including: An enthusiastic fan letter, undated but apparently written in 1948, to the actor Sir Cedric Hardwicke, praising his performance as Sir Toby Belch in a 1948 performance of Twelfth Night at the Old Vic. Hardwicke and Maugham were old friends, and Hardwicke had directed Maugham's play Sheppey in 1944. Signed "W. S. Maugham". [and:] An undated, chatty and light-hearted thank-you note to playwright and director Garson Kanin. "You are the sweetest man in the world & I wonder how anyone can put up with you." Signed "Willie". [and:] An undated response to David Posner's request for one of Maugham's publisher's copies of his latest book. Posner, an American poet, was 17 when he met Maugham in 1943. They became lovers, and Maugham paid for Posner's Harvard education. Signed with Maugham's initials in a circle. With transmittal envelope. [and:] A letter to a friendly acquaintance (named "Lionel"?), undated, but circa 1947. "What a hash India seems to be in now the British Raj has come to an end." Signed "W. S. Maugham". [and:] An undated note [but written in 1923] which appears to be addressed to "My precious Sadie Leanne" reminding her of a dinner engagement with him and his wife. Signed "Your devoted admirer, W. S. Maugham". All letters in this lot are in very good or better condition, with usual folds.

    A very pleasant and upbeat collection of letters from Maugham to friends and intimates. From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.


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