COLETTE (1873-1954). MANUSCRIT partly autograph,... - Lot 49 - Drouot Estimations

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COLETTE (1873-1954). MANUSCRIT partly autograph,... - Lot 49 - Drouot Estimations
COLETTE (1873-1954). MANUSCRIT partly autograph, signed "Colette Willy", En camarades, pièce en deux actes, Villa Belle Plage, Le Crotoy (Somme) [1907]; 56 pages in-fol. of which 34 autograph. Complete manuscript of this comedy, written and performed by Colette. This two-act comedy was first performed at the Théâtre des Arts on January 22, 1909, as a supplement to the program, with Colette in the role of Fanchette, then revived at the Comédie-Royale, rue Caumartin, from February 5 to March 1, 1909, and again in February 1912 at the Théâtre Michel; it was published in Le Monde illustré théâtral et littéraire, n° 13, in 1947. The first act, comprising 22 pages including the title page and the list of characters, is in the hand of a copyist, and presents a few additions and corrections in pen and pencil by the author; the second act (34 pages) is entirely autograph. The plot, piquant, puts in scene a couple which in the first act, seems to live in good comradeship, the husband Max flirting quietly with Marthe, a friend of his wife Fanchette, and Fanchette with her " Gosse ", a beautiful young man. In the second act, however, Fanchette having found the Gosse at his home, they become embarrassed, and the arrival of the furious husband precipitates stormy explanations and a return to good bourgeois order, not without irony. Among the relatively few corrections, let us note this oversight in the second act: Colette wrote the name "Claudine" before correcting it to "Fanchette" Comoedia illustré (February 15, 1909) praised "this natural charm, this bold truth of a terrible child" that Colette had put into her play. Enclosed is the program of the Théâtre des Arts, for the creation of En camarades; an autogr. visiting card from Willy to Arsène Durec (interpreter of the role of Max); an envelope from Sarah Bernhardt addressed to Durec; an invitation card from Mrs. Colette Willy, to the dress rehearsal of the play; and a bill a.s. from Colette to Dr. Jeanne Luys concerning a signature, Librairie du Siècle May 5, 1934.
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