[Nikos Kazantzakis, major Greek writer.] Eight-page typed Synopsis in French of his 'The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel', with Autograph Corrections in pencil.

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957), major Greek writer, nominated nine times for the Nobel Prize in Literature
Publication details: 
No place or date [between 1924 and 1938].

Kazantzakis considered 'The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel' his greatest work. He began writing it in 1924, and reworked it constantly, drafting seven different versions, until its completion in 1938. The poem takes up where Homer's epic leaves off, and describes in heavily-symbolic style the final journey of Odysseus. The poem follows the structure of Homer's original, its 33,333 lines being divided into 24 rhapsodies. 8pp., 8vo. The first page unnumbered, the last seven pages numbered 2-7 in type at top right. On eight sheets of cartridge paper. In good condition, lightly aged and creased.

Typed Letter Signed ('Arthur') from the science-fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke, sendng personal news to Arthur Bourne of the Academic Press Inc., including that he is 'happily retired with theh completion of my last and best novel.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke [Sir Arthur Charles Clarke] (1917-2008), English science and science-fiction writer [Arthur Bourne of the Academic Press Inc, British science journalist]
Publication details: 
'Leslie's House', 25 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka. 7 November 1978.

1p., 12mo. Air mail letter on blue paper, addressed to Arthur Bourne, Academic Press Inc. (London) Ltd, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DX, England. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. Clarke begins by thanking Bourne for his letter, and informing him that he has 'sent a card of thank [sic] to Dr. Allan Cottey'. 'I am now happily retired with the completion of my last and best novel "The Fountains of Paradise" (Playboy January and February - HBJ; Gollancz, January). I expect to be back in England in August to attend the World S. F.

Autograph Letter Signed ('A Lang') to unnamed male correspondent.

Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish man of letters
Publication details: 
15 December [no year, but after 1906]; on letterhead of Alleyne House, St. Andrews, Scotland.

12mo: 3 pp. Bifolium. 27 lines, written in a shaky hand. On creased, discoloured paper, and with some damage to the second leaf caused by careless removal from mount. Two irregularly-shaped closed tears on the second leaf, one to the left of the signature, have been neatly repaired on the reverse with archival tape. He is glad that his correspondent likes 'our Odyssey: the Iliad is less attractive. [...] I dare not remember all my books, but will ask Messrs Longman to send a list of what they possess. All are very unpopular.' He doesn't write in 'T.

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