Gide, André, writer and Nobel laureate (1869-1951). Autograph letter signed ("André Gide").

1bis, Rue Vaneau, [Paris], 30. V. 1934.

4to (176 x 214 mm). 2 pp.


Writing to the author Maurice Sachs, Gide offers carefully worded feedback on the work of his younger correspondent. Gide begins by offering thanks to Sachs for his earlier letter and for the suggestion to go to Chartres together in the coming week. In the second part of the letter, Gide moves to discussion of Sachs' manuscript, most likely of "Alias" which would appear with Gallimard in 1944: "J'ai lu votre manuscrit. L'interêt que j'y ai pu prendre n'est vous devez bien le penser, que trop vif ; je veux dire par là : quelque peu suspect" ("I have read your manuscript. The interest I have taken for it is, you must think, only too keen; by which I mean to say: somewhat suspicious"). Gide is overall impressed by Sachs' composition: "Oui, je suis très satisfait par l'écriture de ces pages" ("Indeed, I'm very pleased by the writing on these pages"). Following this praise for Sachs' work, the more experienced author also mentions, however, "quelques termes assez fâcheux" ("several rather unfortunate terms") that he has marked in pencil and where he sees room for improvement. After a description of how Sachs might retrieve his manuscript from his concierge, the author signs off "affectuesement votre André Gide" ("affectionately yours, André Gide").

Very well preserved on letterhead from Gide's Parisian address. Only slight browning to the top right-hand edge recto.

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