[ S. R. Robinson, dramatic critic. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S. R. Littlewood'), a letter of condolence to the widow of conductor Herman Finck

S. R. Robinson [ Samuel Robinson Littlewood ] (1875-1963), dramatic critic [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
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On letterhead of 220 Worple Road, Wimbledon, S.W. [ London ] 2 May 1939.
SKU: 19684

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight staining to signature. Written in a close hand. He has been 'intensely grieved' on his return from Canada to find that her 'dear and brilliant husband' has died. He adds the following tribute, as 'a leaf to his laurels': 'I can say without any reserve that of all the men I have known in forty years of the theatre not one has coupled with high talents so kind a heart, such a wealth of humanity and loveable sympathy and thought for others, and with it a whimsical humour that was part of himself and had in it no trace of cynicism or malice. Beneath all, too, was a never-failing courage and industry on behalf of good art that won unchallenged respect.' He is sorry that they will not be associated in 'another broadcast', and remembers how, 'in spite of illness and a confessed distaste for the whole thing' Finck helped him out 'with the first Palace broadcast'. See Robinson's obituary in The Times, 12 August 1963, which states that there can have been 'few better loved Fleet Street figures than Samuel Robinson Littlewood who held sway as a dramatic critic for more than 50 years and who, in spite of the fact that he had seen about 1,000 plays good, bad and indifferent, never lost his sense of humour or his kindness of heart which led him to help in many ways the less fortunate members of the journalistic profession'. Finck's 'In the Shadows' was one of the last tunes played as the Titanic went down.