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SACHER-MASOCH Leopold von - Autograph Letter Signed 1887 asking for tickets to a play

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Leopold von SACHER-MASOCH (1836-1895)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Sacher Masoch”) to an unnamed correspondent, addressed as “Mon cher maitre”, requesting a box for the premiere of his correspondent’s play.
2 pages 8vo in French with integral blank leaf, Paris, 5 January 1887.
Trans: “. . . I read that your new play will soon be performed. Could you let me have a box for the first night. I absolutely wish to attend this event, which the literary world awaits with bated breath. I would not ask you for a box were it not for a heart condition which renders it physically impossible for me to sit in a row of seats. . .”
In his youth, Sacher-Masoch had briefly entertained thoughts of becoming an actor, and he was later to write some moderately successful plays. Today, he is best remembered for his novel Venus in Furs and as the man whose name Krafft-Ebing appropriated to describe masochism. His output, however, was far more varied than this would imply, and the psychology rather more complex.


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