Autograph manuscript signed and letter by RUPERT HUGHES screenwriter novelist For Sale
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Autograph manuscript signed and letter by RUPERT HUGHES screenwriter novelist:
HUGHES, RUPERT. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Rupert Hughes"), c. 24 pages, measuring approximately 8 1/2" x 11", [New York, 1917]. A heavily corrected working draft of a short story titled "The Murphy that Made America". Together with an autograph letter signed (one page, measuring approximately 8" x 10", on personal printed letterhead of Bedford Hills, New York [but with the return address crossed out and replaced in holograph with "27 W 67 NY"], 8 January 1918, from the author to George Barr McCutcheon, sending affectionate greetings and an invitation to dine on behalf of himself and his wife, and forwarding the manuscript for McCutcheon's collection, explaining: ". . . I enclose the . . . aboriginal tracks of my pen in a story which is to appear in the next Metropolitan and to be the first in the volume of Irish stories that Harpers plan to publish March 17th. . . . I send it with my love. We move over to Washington Wednesday night. I am promised an immediate commission in the Intelligence Department of the Army! Since my bad hearing keeps me from France, this is the next best thing. It enables me to wear out my old uniforms at least. . . ." Hughes' letter is tipped to a larger leaf and bound together with the manuscript in 3/4 crimson morocco by Moore and Son, with the McCutcheon's bookplate on the marbled front paste-down endpaper. Extremities and edges of binding somewhat rubbed; the letter and manuscript in very good state.
Rupert Hughes (1872-1956); prolific American novelist, film director, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, military officer, and music composer. He was the brother of Howard R. Hughes, Sr. and uncle of billionaire Howard R. Hughes. George Barr McCutcheon (1866-1928); American novelist, playwright and book collector, whose best known works include the series of tales set in Graustark, a fictional East European country, and the novel, Brewster's Millions, which was adapted into a play and several films. Authenticity guaranteed. Seller is a member of PADA (Professional Autograph Dealers Association), ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America Inc.) and ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers). New York residents will be charged sales tax. (#26435/iyy)