Lot n° 14
150 - 200
BECQUE Henry (1837-1899) auteur dramatique.
L.A.S. "Henry Becque" to an academician; 3 pages in-8.
Becque asks for a prize from the Academy.
Becque sent to the Academy his last play in the competition of the Montyon foundation "for works useful to morals. I hoped that this competition was not the only one and that the Academy for theatrical works had a reward debated between art and morality.  It is true that my play contains scabrous characters and violence of language but one cannot refuse it a rather severe whole which constitutes after all a fortifying spectacle. You have allowed me to hope  that the Academy, at your request, would not dismiss my play without taking an interest in its author and I am also applying, thanks to you, for all the prizes one after the other. For lack of the watch, I will be satisfied with the kettledrum.
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