[ Maud Allan: 'The Cult of the Clitoris'. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs Sassoon', with reference to Sybil Thorndyke, 'Prius' and 'Major Clare's play'.

Maud Allan [ born Beulah Maude Durrant ] (1873-1956), Canadian pianist, dancer and actress, denounced by Noel Pemberton Billing as a lesbian and German spy
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On letterhead of the Hotel Majestic, Paris. 19 June [ no year ].
SKU: 19967

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. She begins by thanking her for 'Mr. Prius' address - I wanted to see if he would be interested in a big Opera season of 4 weeks which very important people over here are planning for London.' She has sent Prius 'Major Clare's play', but neither she nor Clare has heard from him. 'What is happening to it? Do you know? - if so, I'd like to know or has he taken it to Sybil Thorndyke?' She is 'having a lovely time - seeing plays etc & doing just as I will. It is nice to have no responsibilities for a time.' She concludes: 'Do you expect to come over again? If you do be sure & phone me that we may dine or lunch.' In 1918 Allan lost a sensational libel suit against the Conservative MP Noel Pemberton Billing, who had published in his journal Vigilante an article titled "The Cult of the Clitoris" which implied that Allan, while appearing in her Vision of Salome, based on Oscar Wilde's play, was a lesbian member of a network of conspirators with wartime Germany.