LOT 279

André de Latour, comte de Lorde (1869–1942). Three signed letters in pen,

one dated 3 May 1929, the others probably written in or around the same year, all three on recto and verso of one leaf, 21.5 x 13.5 cm (2x, with letterhead Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève) and 21 x 16 cm. (with printed emblem of a spooky head behind bars, probably his own stationery).

Manuscript difficult to decipher. One letter with contemporary annotation in different handwriting. Added a contemporary letter to De Lorde and a list of sums related to "La Mouche Espagnole saison 1927-1928 et 1928-1929" in the same handwriting as the aforementioned annotation on one of the letters, and three photos conc. (works by) De Lorde. "André de Latour, comte de Lorde (1869–1942) was a French playwright, the main author of the Grand Guignol plays from 1901 to 1926. His evening career was as a dramatist of terror; during daytimes he worked as a librarian in the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal. He wrote 150 plays, all of them devoted mainly to the exploitation of terror and insanity, and a few novels. For plays the subject matter of which concerned mental illness he sometimes collaborated with psychologist Alfred Binet, the developer of IQ testing. During the 1920s de Lorde was elected "Prince of Fear" (Prince de la Terreur) by his peers." (Wikipedia).

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