May 04, 2017 - Sale 2446

Sale 2446 - Lot 305

Price Realized: $ 500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400
"FRANTICALLY BUSY WITH TRANSLATING 'MAHAGONNY'" AUDEN, WYSTAN HUGH. Autograph Letter Signed, "Wystan," to "Orlan dear," agreeing to send money, lecturing him about financial dependence and mentioning the difficulty of translating with "C" [Chester Kallman] Brecht's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. 1 page, 4to; moderate staining at center (affecting only a few letters), folds. (MRS) Kirchstetten, 19 June [circa 1976]

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". . . I know that it is circumstances, not you, that are to blame, but that doesn't stop me being cross, as you can imagine. 'What', I say to myself in my horrid self-righteous way, 'would Orlan do if I didn't exist and HOW LONG will I have to fork out?' Aside from the drain on my pocket . . . financial dependence and friendship are ill-assorted bedfellows, and the resentment of the receiver is greater than that of the giver who at least can comfort his ego with the illusion that he is behaving nobly! . . .
"C and I are frantically busy with translating Mahagonny . . . which is fiendishly difficult."