Nov 17, 2020 - Sale 2551

Sale 2551 - Lot 111

Price Realized: $ 875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD. Autograph Letter Signed, "G. Bernard Shaw," to George Sylvester Viereck, declining to make a short statement for American radio, characterizing his affection for sending numerous cables as "mere Americanism," and sending regards to his wife. 1 1/4 pages, 8vo, "Blue Star Line" stationery, written on recto and verso of single sheet; faint staining near center, horizontal folds. With the original envelope. Aboard s.s. Arandora Star, 6 February 1936

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". . . Tell these radio people that it is no use offering me 5 minutes on the chance of getting another 5 for nothing. When I talk to the U.S.A. I talk for half an hour; and what I say is a considered written statement that takes some days to prepare.
"As to the sort of frivolities they are thinking of I talked yards and yards of it into the mike [sic] for the camera men the day before yesterday. No doubt it was on all the talkies that evening.
"Your craving for cables and your extravagance in sending them is mere Americanism. I can't afford it: neither can you. . . ."