Autograph letter on a Christmas card signed "Paul" and "Essie" [Robeson] to "Hazel" and her family
by ROBESON, Paul 1898-1976
Robeson was an African American bass-baritone and actor who also studied law at Columbia University. "He gave his first concert in 1925 and made his mark with his singing of black spirituals. In 1926 he made a coast-to-coast tour of the USA with great success. Soon he became internationally known: he packed Drury Lane, London, by his majestic presence and his singing (especially of ‘Ol' man river') in Show Boat (1928) and was seen as Shakespeare's Othello in London (1930), later in the USA, and finally at the Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon (1959). His many films included The Emperor Jones (1933), Sanders of the River (1935), Show Boat (1936) and The Proud Valley (1939). His embracing of communism in the 1940s after a tour of the USSR brought his American career to a halt, but he continued to appear elsewhere, making an extensive European tour during the summer of 1958. His voice was often listed as a baritone, but in reality it was a true bass of enveloping richness and earthy resonance..." Max de Schauensee in Grove Music Online.. Ca. 196 x 146 mm. Dated London, December 25, 1962. In blue ink.Paul Robeson and his wife Essie thank Hazel for her letters and send her and her family, who have just settled into a new home in Maine, their good wishes. Essie notes that "Paul is home for Xmas." Paul himself is "feeling better after a long, hard pull."Slightly worn. (Inventory #: 23693)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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