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    Gene Fowler Letters to Joe Laurie, Jr. and Three of Fowler's Books. Legendary newspaperman and book and screenplay writer Gene Fowler (1890-1960) is best-remembered as the author of the famous John Barrymore biography Good Night, Sweet Prince, and as a member of the "Bundy Drive Boys" -- an irreverent, hard-drinking gang who centered around Barrymore and other roistering Hollywood characters. This lot includes five personal letters, dating from 1931 to 1945, that the brilliantly humorous and eloquent Fowler wrote to his friend Joe Laurie, Jr., a writer for radio and Variety. Also included are three of Fowler's books - A Solo in Tom-Toms, Shoe of the Wild Mare,, and Good Night, Sweet Prince. The books are in Good condition, with only A Solo... having a dust jacket. Four of the letters are typed, one is hand-written; two are on Fowler's personal stationery with his signature reproduced at the top, and one is on RKO Studios letterhead; all have their original stamped envelopes and all are signed "Gene." The letters encourage Laurie in his writing career and are frequently very funny, e.g., this handwritten addendum to one of the typed letters: "This letter sounds like the formal blubberings of an archbishop to his niece, but you must know that I think of you fondly and gratefully and frequently. Have been a bit sick (having seen myself in the mirror one day when sober) G." Letters and envelopes in Excellent condition. A fascinating packet with great personal insight into a writer who, at one time, was one of the top ten best-paid men in the United States.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
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