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Fitzgerald, F. Scott (1896-1940) Typed Letter Signed, 25 November 1940.

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Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2819TLocation: BostonDate / Time: May 27, 2015 12:00PM


Fitzgerald, F. Scott (1896-1940) Typed Letter Signed, 25 November 1940.
Single page typed on one side, signed in pencil. To his secretary Isabel Owens, recalling that Charles "Bill" Warren owes him money and asking whether she would try collecting on his behalf, with the typed envelope. Matted with a portrait, old folds, two small purplish blotches, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.
"Dear Mrs. Owens,
It's occurred to me that Bill Warren still owes me $475. I've no idea whether or not he is in any position to pay it but if you ever felt like constituting yourself a private collection agency it would certainly be worth $100. to me to see some of it. You can tell him the truth--that I've been quite sick again, that I'm in debt and need it. Of course, he is quite possibly broke.
The storage company have not sent me any amended bill. As I told you my idea is that their right hand doesn't know what their left hand is doing.
With best wishes to you both.
Ever your friend,
Scott Fitzgerald"
Fitzgerald worked with Warren on a screenplay treatment of Tender is the Night, which Warren tried, unsuccessfully, to sell in Hollywood on several occasions. This very late letter was written less than a month before Fitzgerald's death.
Estimate $6,000-8,000

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Scott Fitzgerald, Charles "Bill" Warren, Isabel Owens, secretary, Tender is the Night