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Lenny Bruce to play London  

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Correspondence between Lenny Bruce and London theatrical agent Nick Louard regarding setting up a London engagement


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Two typed & signed letters from Nick Louard to Lenny Bruce, plus two handwritten drafts by Bruce of responses, one with a typed retained carbon.


  • Louard-Bruce -1 Sept 62: “All well here. Fagots [sic], jews, fascists, negros, Europeans, and other friends of Peter Cook flock in nightly.  Your name has become something of a legend since you left -- Tynan and other critics use it as a term of refernce [sic] in their articles: i.e. “This actors genitals bear little comparison with those of Mr. Bruce.” 
  • Louard-Bruce 28 Sept 1962. “Baby, I just cannot bargain over this.  A six week season… I’m offering 2-1/2 times what you got before.”  On the reverse side are Bruce’s holographic notes for a response and a note to his agent Jack Sobel. “Would you say it was a mistake in management to let me play for such ridiculous money… [With a few obscure name checks to Charles Chaplin, Lillian Roth, Edward G. Robinson, and “Barrymore’s daughter.]”
  • Bruce-Louard -11-1-62 "…please send me a brochure on the biggest jaguar convertible….i want the BIGGEST AND BEST convertible there is.  also, please post-haste the ‘fat’ pill i asked you for last month.  i really want those pills so please be a dear friend send them immediately! Love." The brief typed note [“3”x5”] is an unsigned file copy, but is attached to Bruce’s holographic draft written in pencil on the back of an envelope.

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