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SHAW George Bernard - Typed Letter Signed 1946 - Are you still a Druid?

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George Bernard SHAW (1856-1950)

Late Typed Letter Signed (“G. Bernard Shaw”) to the American photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn and his wife Edith in North Wales. 1 page 4to, 4 Whitehall Court, 9 December 1946.         

The American-born Alvin Langton Coburn (1882-1966) settled in England in 1912 and eventually took British citizenship. He had taken a particularly fine photograph of Shaw in 1908, and in 1912 published his most famous book, Men of Mark, featuring 33 gravure prints of European authors, artists and statesmen, including Matisse, Henry James, Rodin and Mark Twain. However he appears to have lost interest in photography by 1930, and devoted the rest of his life to mystical and spiritual pursuits, which explains Shaw’s rather wry question in this letter “Are you still a Druid?”

I was expecting your return to London, and the pleasure of seeing you and getting all your news in person, as I have always held you both as very special friends. So did Charlotte [Shaw’s wife] who died in 1943. However I believe your decision to stay in Wales was a wise one; and you will miss nothing in not seeing me, as I am only an old ghost hobbling about my garden on two rocky legs and a stick, with nothing to say that you have not heard dozens of times.

Are you still a Druid? Does Edith still keep goats? What do you do with yourself? I had nothing to do with Wisten’s volume or its illustrations; but anyhow a book about me at 90 could not reasonably have depicted me as I was when we were young and beautiful . . .”

Together with an Autograph Letter Signed to Coburn from the journalist and bibliophile Holbrook Jackson, 2 pages 8vo, 7 April 1947, saying that “I saw G.B.S. on his 90th birthday at the Exhibition of his works in Albemarle St – & had a few words with him – he looked superb – with a sort of inner light, & was as upright as ever but rather weak in his legs. He was received with great respect – like a prince of the blood! . . .”

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