1933 · Ayot St Lawrence
Two handwritten cards from Shaw to Mealand, regarding "this proposed G.B.S. – G.K.C. page." At the time, Mealand was editor of Nash's Pall Mall Magazine (owned by the National Magazine Company, to which these cards are addressed); G.K.C. was Gilbert Keith Chesterton, famously one of Shaw's favorite philosophical sparring partners and possibly his most beloved enemy. The first card, from 15 May 1933, takes a lightly ridiculing tone in stating that the author cannot possibly interrupt his "serious work" to engage in such commercial business unless paid "an enormous sum" — whatever Mealand is paying Chesterton, to be specific; the second, from 21 June 1933, notes that Shaw's reply to Chesterton has already run long and "too heavy for the occasion," and suggests his plans for revising it.
Sent from Shaw's home in Ayot St. Lawrence and postmarked in Hertfordshire, both cards are => inscribed in Shaw's distinctive hand and signed with his initials. Cards crisp and clean, one with pair of staple holes. => Delightful and characteristic Shavian ephemera. (Inventory #: 37045)