Lot n° 147
15000 - 20000 EUR
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PROUST Marcel (1871-1922)
Set of four signed autograph letters and an autograph manuscript relating to the awarding of the Goncourt prize. 1919-1920, 38 pages handwritten in ink, various formats, modern slipcase made by Claudie de Séguier.
This set includes: 4 important autograph letters signed by Proust to Henri de Régnier, André Chaumeix, Rosny Aîné and Rachilde, as well as an unpublished autograph manuscript of an article written by Proust himself for the Prix Goncourt.
Exceptional manuscript set in which Proust describes his candidacy, his expectations, his doubts, his relations with the press, as well as his relationship to success:
- Autograph letter signed to Henri de Régnier ["de l'Académie"], with his envelope, mailed October 30, 1919, 4 pages in-12. Proust placed above all else the fact of winning the Prix Goncourt. This letter is part of his strategy of conquering readers, to which he devoted all his strength, using his contacts, with a rationale each time adapted, and an art of diplomacy worthy of M. de Norpoix.
- Autograph letter signed to André Chaumeix, editor of the newspaper Les Débats, dated Friday evening [December 12, 1919], 8 pages petit in-4 with his envelope. Strategy letter from Proust. The writer took up his pen many times to respond to mediocre but influential journalists, in order to defend the position won thanks to the Prix Goncourt, which some people contested. Proust waged a veritable war to keep him from being distanced from those unknown readers who alone could devote their attention to his work.
- Autograph letter signed to Rosny Aîné [shortly before December 23, 1919], 16 pages in-4, tabbed and bound in full salmon canvas with brown morocco title piece on the first cover, half morocco shirt with stripes, same colour, slipcase (P.-L. Martin). Extraordinary letter. Proust begins by evoking his state of health which forces him to lead a life of confinement.
- Autograph letter signed to Rachilde (Alfred Vallette's wife),
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