[Charles Causley, Cornish poet.] Two Letters (one in Autograph) and Two Autograph Cards (three signed 'Charles' and one 'Charles Causley') to the playwright Christopher Fry, with two Autograph Letters Signed from Causley's secretary Michael Hanke.

Charles Causley [Charles Stanley Causley] (1917-2003), Cornish poet and author [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright; Michael Hanke]
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All six items from Launceston, Cornwall. Between 1979 and 1990.
SKU: 21922

Six items: four from Causley (one ALS, one TLS, two ACsS) and two from Hanke (ALsS). The collection in good condition. ONE: ACS from Causley. Signed 'Charles Causley'. Launceston; 31 August 1979. He is delighted that Fry 'thought of using the poem in your reading, & hope you went ahead'. He has been 'almost 2 months in Y'slavia & Czechoslovakia'. He is 'always 5 years behind with commitments & the WC Writers' beanos almost always coincide with fearful attack of conscience. The next three items signed 'Charles'. TWO: TLS from Causley. On his Launceston letterhead; 5 August 1986. 1p, landscape 12mo. He is glad that Fry enjoyed the programme 'Home on Sunday'. 'For me, it's all a bit purgatorial […] I'm sure you've gone through the same experience many times – loads of technicians invading the little cottage, etc: tho everyone concerned of overpowering charm.' The news about 'the Caedmon play' is 'splendid': 'strength to your arm! I'd love to see it. I'm still hacking away at poems, reminding myself that Hardy still wrote marvellously when approaching 90. Anyhow, like playing the piano, I guess it's necessary to keep one's hand in.' He refers to Noel Coward. The letter concludes: 'Truth to tell, I don't much go for convocations of writers in this country; in Alice Springs, yes. At the moment of departure I feel guilty at not staying at home & getting on with the job.' THREE: ALS from Causley. On his Launceston letterhead; 30 August 1989. 2pp, landscape 12mo. Begins: 'Dear Christopher: | Thank you so much for your remembrance on my birthday – I'm honoured, & appreciate your thought more than I can say. It seems - & is – years since we met with J. C. J. in Plymouth. I do wish you lived a bit nearer.' He notes that his father 'was from Trusham, near Chudleigh, & all the Causleys I've met (not many) have connections with the village. Apparently there were two warring factions who refused to have anything to do one with the other. Ours = a mixed crew of publicans, village schoolteachers, hedgers & ditchers & farm labourers. I still have a small slightly scatty cottage built there with his own hands by my grandfather C. He continues with family history, including the story of how his father 'got his head jammed in a deck rail & his older sister, Maggie, had hysterics, convinced he'd have to wear the rail for the rest of his life. Splendid stuff!' He reports: 'I am bracing myself to write some new poems to add to a (possible) expanded Collected – convinced, as usual, that another poem is beyond me.' He has been 'encouraged by tales of Wm. Walton in Michael Kennedy's splendid biography.' FOUR: ACS from Causley. Launceston; 10 September 1990. He reports a dialogue on his way to 'read at King's Lynn Festival (much too far off)': 'Taxi-driver: 'You on holiday then?' Me: 'I'm working.' T-d: 'Festival?' Me: 'Yes.' T-d: 'What you do then?' Me (cautiously): 'I'm giving a lecture.' T-d: 'What a pity – you've clashed with Gary Glitter.' FIVE: ALS from Michael Hanke. Signed 'Michael.' Launceston; 18 November 1981. Having previously met Fry at East Dene, he reports that he is now Causley's secretary, and that he is 'trying to compile a book of poems for Charles on the occasion of his 65th birthday next year'. He invites Fry to contribute 'to this “festschrift”', adding in a footnote: 'These goings-on are kept a secret from Charles, so please don't mention this letter to him.' He concludes: 'I also consider writing to Mr Gittings whom I met when I rang your doorbell at the wrong time in 1976.' SIX: ALS from Hanke. Signed 'Michael Hanke'. 9 February 1982. He thanks him for his poem, which he will have for the collection, and which he is typing out for sending 'with all the others to Enitharmon Press immediately'. He continues with reference to his return home due to a family indisposition, and a 'Saudi-Arabian photographer' from whom Causley has not yet heard.