Lot 134

O’Casey (Sean)

Autograph letter signed (‘Sean O’Casey’) to Alan Lawrence, reading ‘I’ve just read your letter. Your comments on the production of Red Roses can’t be answered, for I wasn’t there. We all have eyes, we use them the same way, but each mind sees differently. If I had seen it, my seeing mind might have differed from S.O.S’s and from yours. That is one of the cursed difficulties of the stage. As for Purple Dust, I’ll leave that play where it is for some time – till the odd fate of Red Roses fades into and is lost among things forgotten. I couldn’t answer your letter sooner because of illness – when it came, I was in hospital indifferent to all things; I’ve just come home after two big operations; am under orders to stay quiet, and forget about answering letters. But your kind one, and your sensible comments on the production of R.R’s, makes me, at least, acknowledge your kind interest in my work; so pardon its brevity’, one page, folding marks, some splitting, tear to left margin, some discolouration, 4to, Torquay, Devon, 8 April 1956; together with pencil draft of the original letter written to O’Casey by Mr Lawrence and a letter to Mr Lawrence from David Krause, editor of ‘The Letters of Sean O’Casey’ (3)

***Provenance: directly from the family of Mr Lawrence.

Estimate: £400-£600