Two Typed Letters, Signed, Addressed to Louise Bryant and George Bernard Shaw [with] Original photograph of Bryant
by HARRIS, Frank
New York, 1918. Letter addressed to the journalist Louise Bryant, wife of John Reed, concerning the accompanying letter of introduction addressed to "My dear Shaw" (George Bernard). Apparently Harris had offered several letters of introduction to Bryant, though here he writes "On second thoughts [sic] I do not think my letters to the other people would help you much. They are prejudiced against me; but I hope you will have a good time and come back in the two months you fixed." To Shaw, Harris writes "This is to introduce you to Mrs. Reed, the wife of John Reed who has done such good work for us here in telling the truth about the Russian revolutionaries [...] She is now going to England and Ireland as I understand, to get the true view of things [...] She is fairminded, eager, sympathetic, and I am sure you will be glad to help her on her way." These letters were composed two months prior to the publication of Bryant's collected journalistic pieces Six Red Months in Russia, and we have been unable to unearth any evidence that Bryant's trip to England and Ireland ever took place, this period coinciding with the Reeds's taking up residence at Patchin Place in Greenwich Village. Two typed letters signed by Harris (that to Shaw signed twice) on Pearson's Magazine letterhead, both dated Aug. 24, 1918; with original envelope addressed to Miss Louis Bryant. Letter to Bryant with two manuscript annotations; letter to Shaw with manuscript postscript, "Why don't you write? Pearson's Magazine now is mine--Do you get it regularly? Ever, Fr. H." Mail folds as usual, envelope with a few tears, else Very Good or better. With original photograph of Bryant, possibly intended for a passport.
(Inventory #: 27254)
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