MALRAUX, ANDRE

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MALRAUX, ANDRE - French Novelist Andre Malraux to Art Critic John Russell
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MALRAUX, ANDRE - French Novelist Andre Malraux to Art Critic John Russell

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MALRAUX, ANDRE. (1901-1976). French novelist and art critic who served as Charles de Gaulle’s minister of information and minister of cultural affairs. TLS. (“A… Malraux”). 1p. 8vo. Boulogne s/ Seine, December 3, 1957. On his Avenue Victor Hugo stationery. To British-American art critic JOHN RUSSELL (1919-2008).In French with translation.

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“It will be my pleasure to receive you and Mrs. John Russell at ten. Please believe that I am sincerely yours…”

 

Malraux’s adventurous life includes an arrest for plundering Khmer temples for artifacts in Cambodia, fighting fascism during the Spanish civil war and working with the French Resistance during World War II. His exploits during the Nazi occupation of France earned him the Médaille de la Résistance, Croix de guerre and the British Distinguished Service Order. However, his greatest achievements came in the field of literature. His works include the Prix Goncourt-winning novel La Condition Humaine, and his massive works on art theory The Voices of Silence, Metamorphosis of the Gods and Precarious Man and Literature. Shortly after the end of World War II, Charles de Gaulle appointed him minister of information and, later, the first minister of cultural affairs. During his 11-year tenure in that position, Malraux worked to preserve France’s national heritage.

 

After his internship at London’s Tate Gallery was interrupted by World War II, Russell obtained a position as a critic at The Sunday Times. From 1974 to 1990, he was an art critic for the New York Times. Our letter mentions Russell’s second wife, British Shakespearean actress Vera Poliakoff Lindsay (1911-1992) to whom he was married from 1956-1971.

 

Folded with some creasing and wear. In very good condition.

 

 

Item #20182


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