“I THINK A GOOD SCRIPT IS COMING OUT OF IT. I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED”: RARE NOVEMBER 4, 1949 AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY STEINBECK TO FILM PRODUCER DARRYL ZANUCK, TOGETHER WITH THE “SHOOTING FINAL” SCREENPLAY OF VIVA ZAPATA!, AND RELATED EPHEMERA
(ZANUCK, Daryl) STEINBECK, John. Autograph letter signed. With Viva Zapata Screenplay. New York, 1949, 1951. Three items.
November 4, 1949 autograph letter signed by Steinbeck to film producer Daryl Zanuck, reporting Steinbeck’s optimism at the progress of his original screenplay for the film Viva Zapata!, Steinbeck’s letter in this rare collection with a May 16, 1951 original final shooting screenplay for the film, which premiered in 1952 starring Marlon Brando and directed by Elia Kazan, with Steinbeck’s Oscar-nominated script hailed as a “towering achievement… unquestionably his finest work in the genre,” housed together with ten loose leaves of facsimile documenting Steinbeck’s legal contracts on the film with Twentieth Century-Fox Film, in a handsome custom folding chemise and half morocco slipcase. $8000.