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    Bob Dylan - Suze Rotolo Signed 1962-Dated Letter with Original Pen and Ink Sketch. A one-page typewritten (in red) letter, 7.5" x 10.75", July 10, 1962, to her mother Mary Rotolo of New York, signed "Susan." Suze was Bob Dylan's girlfriend from 1961 to 1964 and a great influence on his music and art. She's the young lady he is walking arm-in-arm with on the cover of his album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. The letter is written from Italy where she recently had gone to study art at the University of Perugia. It addresses the age-old situation of a mother not liking their daughter's choice of boyfriend. Apparently her sister Carla had been telling Suze how Mary was treating Bob in her absence. In part: "I've talked about this situation with Carla and she agrees that you often put Bob down in his presence while you entertain your friends. Mom - this is not amusing... you turned to Mrs. Evans and remarked 'This is the jerk Bob Zimmerman Dylan, the one Suze likes'... Just give him a chance and I'm sure you will see the very qualities that made me fall in love with him. Also, please don't get mad at Carla for her telling me what goes on at home." (A transcription of the entire letter is available on our website.) At the end, she adds a postscript about sending some of her artwork with the comment: "Who knows, maybe the two of you will have a friendly conversation (or a critical one) about my artwork."

    The mentioned piece of artwork is included in this lot. It is a facial portrait of a man in black ink on a 6" x 7" sheet. That man looks quite a bit like Fidel Castro. We can't say for sure that it is him, but it would certainly fit in with her political views. Her parents were members of the American Communist Party and only two years after this letter, Suze made a trip to Cuba where she spent two months touring factories and schools and meeting with Castro and Che Guevara. Both items Excellent condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    Transcription of letter, as written.

    "July 10, 1962

    "Mary Rotolo

    One Sheridan Square

    New York, N.Y. 19

    "Mother, I have lost all faith in being honest to you because you never give Bob a chance. Why can't the two of you even attempt to get along? The constant critisism you have of him only sets the stage for further arguments and disention. I've talked about this situation with Carla and she agrees that you often put Bob down in his presence while you entertain your friends. Mom - this is not ammusing. Carla told me about the incident that took place last week when you took exception to Bob calling you Mary. You went on a tirade by telling him that his parents never taught him manners and that he was never to address you other than "Mrs. Rotolo". Then... you turned to Mrs. Evans and remarked "This is the jerk Bob Zimmerman Dylan, the one Suze likes". I can't believe you acted tis way. I told you on the telephone when I called you from Rome last week that Bob (once again) hinted to me about marriage. You told me that I should give this a lot of thought but that you would be behind any decision I made. Mom, this is not exactly what I call being supportive. All he was trying to do was be friendly. Carla also told me that after Bob left you revealed to Mrs. Evans of the possibility that the two of us might get married. Instead of talking about your daughters happiness....all you raved about was that there were plenty of good catholic boys and that I have no sence. Please consider my feelings for a change. I've always been a good daughter and never gave you any problems. I know that if Dad was still alive he would at least have given Bob a chance. Mom, can you honestly say that you have given him an opportunity to prove himself? I think not. I have been a little homesick lately and go to sleep crying because I miss you and Bob so much. Just give him a chance and I'm sure you will see the very qualities that made me fall in love with him. Also, please don't get mad at Carla for her telling me what goes on at home.

    "LOVE ALWAYS XXXXXX

    [signed] Susan

    "Oops...I told Bob I would send a couple of drawings the next letter I sent home. Well, believe it or not...this is the next letter. Who knows, maybe the two of you will have a friendly conversation (or a critical one) about my artwork."



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