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Auction Name: 2021 November 4 - 7 Hollywood & Entertainment Signature® Auction
Lot Number: 88121
Shortcut to Lot: HA.com/7245-88121
Author Michael Harrison's Handwritten Manuscript for His 1936 Novelization of the film The Bride of Frankenstein (Readers Library, 1936)
Vintage original handwritten 59-page manuscript of the novelization of The Bride of Frankenstein
(1935), the film sequel to Frankenstein
(1931). In its vintage original 9" x 11.25" cardstock wrapper with title elegantly hand-lettered in ink on the cover, "The Bride of Frankenstein." The manuscript includes personal notes from the author in the form of a vintage 3-page typed synopsis forming the bulk of chapter 16 of his manuscript with a contemporary 1979-handwritten explanation of his process in preparing a manuscript for a publisher, in part:"This was a common practice of mine with my early books. The fact that the sample piece was usually in the middle of the completed version..."
Followed by Harrison's mentioned typed sample of the famous "Hermit" scene that translated so poignantly in the resulting movie adaptation between "The Monster" (Boris Karloff) and "The Hermit" (O.P. Heggie). In part:"IN a cottage set deep in the woods high above the town, lived a hermit. No one ever visited the little thatched hut where he lived alone; for it lay far off the main roads, and only a narrow track led to its door. Yet he was not entirely alone. The world had forgotten him, passed him by; even the blessing of sight had been taken from him. Yet he was, for all these things, not entirely alone. Years ago he had learnt that within us all lies an unplumbed mine, if not of unhappiness, then of content, which takes no heed of the busy hurrying world around, and which, if we but search for it, can give us back all that we seem to have lost... ...At the window was a face which he could not see: a face that smiled as it listened to the tender wailing violin. It was a sound which never in its short , unnatural life had it heard before, but it was not less true of those other things which the poet Congreve mentions when he says:'Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, To soften stones, or bend the knotted oak.'And the monster was no more proof against its sweet influence than the softest heart that ever beat..."
Harrison was given three weeks to write the film's novelization and is said to have failed to follow the film script, creating an original work of fiction. It must be noted that the handwritten manuscript does begin with a prologue matching the opening of the film, in which Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley gather on a stormy night, with Mary discussing her intended groundbreaking story of the consequences of man playing god, and closes with the famous line having been uttered by The Monster "...We belong dead..."
Exhibiting age, even toning and handling and retaining vintage paperclips and resulting rust stains. The wrapper is brittle and toned with chipped edges but remains intact. It also includes Harrison's signed spec sheet for this manuscript and a typed note re: another one of his publications, "Fanfare of Strumpets," on a personalized notepad sheet. In vintage good to Very Good condition. Comes with a COA from Heritage Auctions
. From the Gary Munson collection.