COCTEAU JEAN (1889-1963).

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COCTEAU JEAN (1889-1963).
Corrected proofs, and 4 L.A.S., 1927-1944.
Poetry. Morceaux choisis [Paris, Librairie Gallimard, 1930]. Corrected proofs, in-12, in sheets (fragile paper, a few small tears); in burgundy half-maroquin slipcase, smooth spine titled in gold. Corrected proofs of this anthology, with numerous autograph corrections by Jean Cocteau. Autograph letter signed at the head: "to N. [étoile] J". [The leaves have been slightly split at the top after the integration of the corrections at the printing house.
L.A.S. "Jean Cocteau", 10, rue d'Anjou April 1927, ; 1 page large in-8 (slight cracks at the folds).To Belgian-born fashion journalist, writer and playwright Lucien FRANÇOIS (1904-1963) : "I would like to accept and take pleasure in pleasing you, but alas I refused this article to Dial, Querschnitt and to the Journal des Soviets. I would look like a cad. Besides, I refused for a deep reason: one cannot speak about this time lightly. To leave one's silence would lead to too many things"...
L.A.S. "Jean Cocteau", [1927 ?]; 1 page in-4 on blue paper. "How can you believe in silence on purpose. I come and go, I get sick - I get discouraged - I get my strength back etc...It is a drama that does not stop. Sometimes I don't open the envelopes, I answer and keep my answer. Your kindness proves to me that I can be frank"... He adds that he will leave Paris after his conference at the Annales: "Paris suffocates me".L.A.S. "Jean Cocteau", November 1937, to "my dear princess" [Marthe BIBESCO ?]; 1 page in-4. In favor of J'Adore by Jean
Desbordes. "My dear princess you know that I live far away and that my heart never goes far away. Read or reread the book of DESBORDES. I believe that giving him the
Femina Prize would be one of those justices that lighten the world that has become very heavy"...
L.A.S. "Jean Cocteau", March 7, 1944, to friends [Mr. and Mrs. Marc BARBEZAT ?]; 1 page in-4. "I really have to "roll at your feet" and I realize how much trouble I am causing you. Continuous and very hard work has not yet left me free for an enterprise of true luxury of soul. The text of François S. [Sentein] is of a fabric from which one can badly draw the threads and the problem remains intact. I would need a campaign and ballast. My play; my film etc... are endless works, in the sense that there are always a thousand details to be taken up and reworked. The subject I have to write for you is so vast and so serious that it is difficult (impossible) to treat it lightly"...
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