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Lot 443

Hammerstein, Oscar II (1895-1960) One of the greatest lyricists in American musical theater; wrote many hit shows with Richard Rodgers. Typed Letter Signed ("Oscar"), on personal stationery, New York City, May 27, 1954, 1½ pp., small quarto. Hammerstein writes to novelist Edna Ferber about a TV series being made from her novel Show Boat. In part: "….I…told the producer that I thought it was a pretty good start from a narrative standpoint, but that I didn't believe the musical part had been handled very well. They are obviously trying to illustrate that we can't keep playing the songs from the show, and they are demonstrating that other songs could be brought it. I don't believe their choice has been particularly fortunate. I think that using the song from the picture 'Show Boat' was not a bad way to introduce Joe and Queenie, but must say that the plot of the program seems good to me….I am anxious to know what you think…." One light paper clip mark, else Very Fine. Hammerstein wrote the lyrics of shows such as Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and The King and I.
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,200.


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