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[Two Autograph Letters, Signed, to Seldon Rodman] by  Robert Graves - 1960 - from William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB (SKU: WRCLIT77629)

[Two Autograph Letters, Signed, to Seldon Rodman]

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[Two Autograph Letters, Signed, to Seldon Rodman]

by Graves, Robert

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Deya, Mallorca, 1960. Two pages, quarto, in ink on rectos of two sheets of onion-skin letterhead. A few faint creases from mailing, otherwise very good to fine. Very good literary letters to fellow author, Selden Rodman, sending word of Graves' travels plans, discussing Rodman's work, and commenting on the literary climate of the times: "It was good to meet you at last & find that you matched up with my mental picture of you. Thanks very much for the ... book which I read on the 707 on the way home. How curiously the author differs from ... the down to earth English farmer's son... Your man is a tapestry figure, and it's a very fine tapestry: heroic pseudo-Roman. I loved it . .." and "... The Insiders [Rodman's 1960 book criticizing formalism in contemporary art] is a tricky project, because the American climate is so stifling to independence of creation that most of an artist's time is spent in fighting for air, instead of getting on with his job. Our village is full of refugees from the chain gang, as they call themselves, but I guess that artists in the U.S. have an easier time than writers because the market isn't quite so exacting ...." Poet, dramatist and art critic Seldon Rodman shared another interest with Graves -- in 1937 he published his dramatic narrative poem about T.E. Lawrence, LAWRENCE: THE LAST CRUSADE. Accompanied by a retained carbon copy of a 19 February 1960 typed letter from Rodman in response to Graves's letters, and a clipped article from the NYT about a later, 1964 appearance by Graves at City College, New York, and his Shakespeare revisions.


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[Two Autograph Letters, Signed, to Seldon Rodman]
Graves, Robert
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Since 1975, William Reese Company has served a large international clientele of collectors and private and public institutions in the acquisition of rare books and manuscripts and in collection development.

With a catalogued inventory of over thirty thousand items, and a general inventory of over sixty-five thousand items, we are among the leading specialists in the fields of Americana and world travel, and maintain a large and eclectic inventory of literary first editions and antiquarian books of the 18th through 20th centuries.

We issue frequent, and substantial, catalogues in our fields of specialization.


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