Duke, Vernon. Collection of (5) autograph letters signed.

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Duke, Vernon. Collection of (5) autograph letters signed.
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44. Duke, Vernon. Collection of (5) autograph letters signed ("Vernon", "Vernon Duke" and "Vladimir Dukelsky"), 11 total pages (5.25 x 6.75 in.; 133 x 171 mm. to 8.5 x 11 in.; 216 x 279 mm.) various locations, 8 December 1947 - 26 March 1958, (2) undated, written to Leonard Gershe, John G. Paine, General Manager, ASCAP, and two unidentified recipients. One letter exhibits extremities that are chipped and brittle with some loss of text; others exhibit toning. Included with autograph musical quotation signed ("Vernon Duke") from the song "This is Romance!" An excerpt: ...Money is easy to get today via CBS or NBC on-television gimmicks... What made you think that Sammy Cahn would invest in a show? He never ever invested in his own ventures - he is very smart and also tight as a drum. As for Jerry Robbins, I must be firm and tell you that I will not work with that talented monster ever again... If Katherine Dunham is difficult (!?), then J. Robbins is Stalin and Hitler rolled in one. How's that for an opinion?... Accompanied with: Autograph musical quotation signed ("Vernon Duke"), 1 page (7 x 9.5 in.; 178 x 241 mm), New York, 1934, four bars and lyrics from the song "This is Romance!": Is it? I don't know, but I like the likes of you, Oh, my very little Cobina And I hope to spend April in Paris With you Very, very shortly... $600 - $800