[Charles Williams inscribes a book to his wife Michal.] Divorce. [With copy of Autograph Letter from Neil Tyler to playwright Christopher Fry, regarding the circumstances of his acquisition of the book.]

Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright, with Auden and Eliot a leading exponent of twentieth-century English verse drama; Sambhu Nath Roy
Publication details: 
Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, London, 1920. [Letter from Sycamore Farm, Alphamstone, Bures, Suffolk, 1982.]
SKU: 22924

120pp, 12mo. No dustwrapper. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, tight in lightly-worn green cloth with dulled gilt. Inscribed by Williams in pencil on front free endpaper: 'For Michal'. A collection of around fifty poems, including five addressed to the author's wife: 'To Michal: After a Vigil'. 'To Michal: On Forgiveness', 'To Michal: On Brushing her Hair', 'To Michal meditating a new Costume', 'To Michal: On Disputing outside Church'. Accompanying the volume is an Autograph Letter Signed from 'Neil' to 'Dear Christopher and Dear Phyl', i.e. Christopher Fry and his wife Phyllis. Fry identifies the writer as Neil Tyler and the letter is dated 30 March 1982, from Sycamore Farm, Alphamstone, Bures, Suffolk. 2pp, 8vo. Following tea with Fry, and a visit to 'the beautiful book-lined room', Tyler writes, regarding the copy of the book: 'I am wondering if there might be a place for the enclosed - found in a bookshop in Colchester about the year 1951, presumably after a sad dispersal of books on Mrs Williams' death. It has never seemed quite right that I should have the book. But now it happily comes about that I can send it to a more fitting home with you.' He hopes that Fry's back is on the mend, and 'that Peer Gynt makes progress. I remember seeing an Old Vic production with Donald Wolfit, 1938 perhaps, and feeling my blood well and truly curdled by the button-moulder'.