“MORE WHISKEY AND BROKEN CROCKERY AND MAYBE BROKEN NECKS… (AND PLEASE BE KIND ENOUGH TO BURN THIS PAGE)”
CRANE, Hart. Autograph letter signed. Santa Monica, California, December 19, 1927.
Rare lengthy December 19, 1927 autograph letter signed by Hart Crane, six pages entirely penned by Crane on the letterhead of Santa Monica’s Breakers Hotel to his good friend and fellow writer, William Slater Brown, recounting Crane’s adventures in California as companion and literary guide to eccentric millionaire Herbert Wise, with Crane offering fascinating and richly detailed accounts of riotous evenings with friends, “caviar and port every night,” a chance meeting on the beach with “a great reactionary… talking literature, Spengler, Kant, Descartes and Aquinas,” and containing exceptional insights into his literary influences. Within six months of this letter Crane was headed back to New York and in 1930 published his magnum opus, The Bridge. $8200.