Original Large Manila Envelope With Thirty-Two Small Ink Sketches by Radio Personality, Humorist, and Author Jean Shepherd

SHEPHERD, JEAN

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PLEASE NOTE A PHOTO IMAGE IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Original large manila envelope with thirty-one small ink drawings and one in pencil by radio personality, humorist, and author Jean Shepherd. The front of the envelope has his name and the New York radio station he worked for, ÒJean Shepherd WOR,Ó written in ink in the center and at the upper left-hand corner the address stamp of the Ann Elmo literary agency, ÒAnn Elmo, 545 5th Ave., New York, N.Y.Ó Most of the drawings measure roughly 1Ó to 3Ó and are of various faces, including caricatures of Laurel & Hardy, as well as an old-fashioned convertible automobile. The envelope is in lightly used condition with some small tears and dust soiling. A one-of-a-kind item, offering a look into the creative process of the original mind of Jean Shepherd. Accompanied by a document providing provenance from the estate of actress Lois Nettleton, who was married to Shepherd from 1960-1967. Jean Shepherd (1921 - 1999) was an American writer, radio raconteur and TV personality, as well as an actor. Shepherd is perhaps best remembered in a contemporary sense for co-writing (based on his own somewhat autobiographical stories) and narrating the film A Christmas Story (1983). A very influential figure in American humor, any kind of Jean Shepherd autograph material is rare. In addition to his unscripted stories, his shows also contained, among other things, humorous anecdotes and general commentaries about the human condition, observations about every day life in New York and travels throughout the world. On most of his Fourth of July broadcasts he would read one of his most enduring and popular short stories, "Ludlow Kissel and the Dago Bomb that Struck Back," about a neighborhood drunk and his dangerously delightful fireworks presentations. Two-time Emmy Award winning actress Lois Nettleton (1927 - 2008) was a veteran of stage, film, and television for more than 50 years. She appeared with Jean Shepherd in his off-Broadway play "Look Charlie" in 1959. Miss Nettleton held Jean ShepherdÕs work in high regard and once remarked: "I think what he was doing was so - it was unique and it was profound and it was real genius! He was a storyteller in the true sense. It just came from inside. It came out differently - a little differently each time. I really want him to be recognized for what he was - a brilliant genius. The wonderful, wonderful unique - the wonderful thing that he was." Very little Jean Shepherd manuscript material has survived and it rarely appears for sale. Bookseller Inventory #

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