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Kent, Rockwell (1882-1971) Archive of Letters and Related Ephemera.

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Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2730BLocation: BostonDate / Time: May 31, 2014 11:00AM


Kent, Rockwell (1882-1971) Archive of Letters and Related Ephemera.
Consisting of seventeen typed letters, sixteen of which are signed, sent to Charles Wayland Lightbody and his wife Georgia between March 1943 and January 1949, the unsigned letter with a manuscript correction in Kent's hand; fourteen of the letters on Kent's Ausable Forks stationery, various sizes, all with old folds, generally good. The letters discuss social plans; political issues surrounding a proposed rail line from Western New York through Detroit to Chicago (1944); the employment at Kent's Ausable Forks home of Lee Hays; the wedding of Peter Freuchen at the house, with best man Paul Robeson slated to attend; the Zionist movement in Palestine (1946),and the problem of post-war Jewish refugees in general; mentions of David O. Selznick's affair with Jennifer Jones; Kent's local political activities; his work as an artist; Marxist leanings; and other topics.
[and] A group of other associated paper items including unsigned Christmas cards illustrated by Kent; a copy of Demcourier from 1937 dedicated to Kent; a catalog of the exhibition of Kent's Alaska drawings from 1919; another from his 1955 show entitled, The Right to Travel; assorted newspaper clippings; six snapshot postcards from Monhegan, Maine; six autograph letters signed by Sally Kent to Georgia Lightbody, all but one from the spring of 1943, on her stationary, the sixth dated 23 October 1945; and a telegram sent by Rockwell Kent.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

Lot includes additional typed letters signed by Lee Hayes.

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Sally Kent, Rockwell, Paul Robeson, Charles Wayland Lightbody, David O. Selznick, Jennifer Jones, Palestinian Territories, Chicago, Lee Hays, Peter Freuchen, Western New York, Alaska, Maine, Monhegan