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Autograph Letter Signed]. (180 x 115 mm). Single sheet, written on front and back of Savage Club, London, stationary.

HOUGHTON, Claude (1889-1961).

Published by August 23, 1957., London,, 1957
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Accompanied by sheet music for "Someone a Little Like You. . . Words by Claude Houghton, Music by Frederic Curzon." INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR: "For Marjorie with my love, Claude, August 1951." Housed in Quarter dark blue morocco folder with marbled paper sides. Very good. The letter reads: "Dear Marjorie, How glad I was to have your letter! And how deeply I sympathize with you about migraine! (My wife has suffered with it off and on for years). But do remember you can recover. Remember, too, my dear, you are needed. You have drive, initiative " and I am sure you will be in action again. Then we'll have a marvelous lunch and talk about everything! There isn't a recording yet of the song. (I am sending you a copy of it today under separate cover.) It has had a good many broadcasts and will have many more. (The words " in the new edition " have been slightly altered so that sopranos can sing it.) I am so glad you like it. It's grand news that you are studying music. Really grand. I think the song will eventually be recorded and when it is, you shall have a record. When I say 'recorded' I mean of course by someone like H.M.V.; but singers have made a recording " . . . and purposes. If I can get one, you shall [have] it. I have a new novel coming out in January. Also another song " of a different kind. It will be a two-part song for women, and will be sung by women's choirs. Of course later it may appear as a "straight" song. It is a lullaby. Lullabies are always written by people who haven't children! Bless you. Look after yourself. Love given, Claude." The identity of Marjorie is a mystery, but she may be either Marjorie Lawrence (1907-1979), a noted Australian soprano, or novelist Marjorie Bowen (1885-1952). Houghton and Lawrence shared an acquaintance, James P.J. Murphy, and traveled in the same literary circles. (See: Georgetown spec coll). Houghton and Bowen traveled in the same literary circles: (See: FORTUNE, Dion. Esoteric Orders and Their Work. 2000, p. 7). Bookseller Inventory # LV1785

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Title: Autograph Letter Signed]. (180 x 115 mm). ...

Publisher: August 23, 1957., London,

Publication Date: 1957

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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