Heavily Revised First Draft Typescript of "The Voice of Bugle Ann" [WITH] First separate edition of The Voice of Bugle Ann [James Strohn Copley's Copy]. SPANISH CIVIL WAR, MacKinlay KANTOR.

Heavily Revised First Draft Typescript of "The Voice of Bugle Ann" [WITH] First separate edition of The Voice of Bugle Ann [James Strohn Copley's Copy]

Westfield, NJ and New York: 1934-1938. Original typescript donated by the author to a 1938 charity auction organized by the League of American Writers to raise funds for the Medical Bureau to Aid Spanish Democracy. Offered with the manuscript, and included here, is a signed essay on the composing of "The Voice of Bugle Ann," which Kantor claims took him about six days, three in June and another three in September, 1934, the three month hiatus spent working for Paramount Pictures in Hollywood ("I hoped to finish the story out there. But those who have been to Hollywood will understand why I did not"). The story, a tale of a man recently out of prison and his bond with the foxhound Bugle Ann, was offered to several literary magazines, many of whom turned the piece down because "the story didn't have enough woman-interest," or because there were already too many animal stories on the market ("One editor declared that he was over-stocked with animal stories -- he had one which they had been waiting for a year to run -- I think he said it was about a kangaroo.") According to his essay, Kantor had never parted with a manuscript before, and while the collector Benjamin Hitz was willing to spend as much as $150, his agent assured him he would be able to get it for much less. Indeed, Hitz managed to win the manuscript for just $60 despite what appears to have been something of a rowdy auction as described by Colton Storm of Retz & Storm: "It was the first auction I ever attended at which the bidders were able to dine, wine, and bid simultaneously." Among the glitterati present were film star Frances Farmer ("even better-looking than in the movies"); pro-labor actor (and later HUAC victim) Lionel Stander, acting as auctioneer; and Mark Blitzstein, there "to cheer the flagging spirit with music and follishness [sic]." At the time of the auction, "The Voice of Bugle Ann" was still Kantor's most successful work, having made it through thirteen printings in four years and been adapted into film in 1936. Twenty years later his historical novel "Andersonville" would win him the 1956 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Collection consisting of the following pieces: Sixty-one (61) typescript leaves (28x21.5cm.) of the original draft of "The Voice of Bugle Ann," signed by the author on first leaf; [4]pp. typescript essay titled "Original Manuscript of the Voice of Bugle Ann," signed by Kantor on last leaf; five (5) carbon copies of correspondence between collector Benjamin Hitz and his bookseller agent Charles Retz of Retz & Storm; one (1) typed letter signed by Kantor to Hitz; one (1) typescript letter signed by bookseller Colton Storm or Retz & Storm to Hitz; one (1) typescript invoice marked as paid in manuscript; and one (1) copy of the first separate edition of "The Voice of Bugle Ann" (New York: Coward-McCann, 1935), with the bookplate of publisher James Strohn Copley to front pastedown. The original manuscript evenly toned due to varying paper quality, with a number of shallow chips and short closed tears with no loss, several leaves have typescript text on verso, the author having recycled old typescripts on which to compose this novella. Some wear to the book's jacket, else a Fine copy in Very Good jacket. The whole collection housed in recent brown binder and attractive linen slipcase.

Price: $3,500.00

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