Lot 197: GRAVES, Robert (1895-1985).  A two-page autograph letter, signed, headed, "Deya, Mallorca, Spain," and dated, "June 7 [1967]", stating, "Dear Nicholas Salaman: Yes, I know J. Walter Thomson[sic]!! You have had two poets on your force: my friend Hart Crane, & Norman Cameron; not to mention Dylan Thomas! Sorry I can't attend: I'll be in Australia the last three weeks of October, also Nov. [The following sentence crossed out, but ?deliberately left legible:] Also I never attend seminars. But you certainly are up with the times! My spies in California tell me that 'Love Magic' with the White Goddess as bible is the latest religion in that Screwy State, based on San Francisco! Why not get a witch to address you? I could arrange it. Yours v. [?]sincerely, Robert Graves." (Some small pin-prick holes touching a few letters on the verso.) Provenance: Nick Salaman. "In 1967 I was organising a Seminar on Magic or the Flight from Reason for the famous advertising agency J. Walter Thompson. I wrote to a number of eminent and interesting people to ask them to speak on some aspect of the subject. One of my invitees was Robert Graves. I used to live on Boars Hill, near Oxford, where he had kept the village post office for a year or three. I reminded him of this, and said how much I enjoyed The White Goddess. He kindly wrote back on paper that seemed torn out of a memo pad, talking about the book and telling me that he could find me a witch for my seminar! But I had already got one ..." (Nick Salaman).

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Description: GRAVES, Robert (1895-1985).  A two-page autograph letter, signed, headed, "Deya, Mallorca, Spain," and dated, "June 7 [1967]", stating, "Dear Nicholas Salaman: Yes, I know J. Walter Thomson[sic]!! You have had two poets on your force: my friend Hart Crane, & Norman Cameron; not to mention Dylan Thomas! Sorry I can't attend: I'll be in Australia the last three weeks of October, also Nov. [The following sentence crossed out, but ?deliberately left legible:] Also I never attend seminars. But you certainly are up with the times! My spies in California tell me that 'Love Magic' with the White Goddess as bible is the latest religion in that Screwy State, based on San Francisco! Why not get a witch to address you? I could arrange it. Yours v. [?]sincerely, Robert Graves." (Some small pin-prick holes touching a few letters on the verso.) Provenance: Nick Salaman. "In 1967 I was organising a Seminar on Magic or the Flight from Reason for the famous advertising agency J. Walter Thompson. I wrote to a number of eminent and interesting people to ask them to speak on some aspect of the subject. One of my invitees was Robert Graves. I used to live on Boars Hill, near Oxford, where he had kept the village post office for a year or three. I reminded him of this, and said how much I enjoyed The White Goddess. He kindly wrote back on paper that seemed torn out of a memo pad, talking about the book and telling me that he could find me a witch for my seminar! But I had already got one ..." (Nick Salaman).
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