The Moon and Sixpence

The Moon and Sixpence

The Moon and Sixpence

The Moon and Sixpence

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EXCERPTS FROM A BRIEF CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE PUBLISHER OF THIS EDITION AND THE AUTHOR OF THE NOVEL

October 20, 1939; to W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM, VILLA MAURESQUE, CAP FERRAT, ALPES MARITIMES:" I have for several years been told by those who like illustrated books that there should be a fine edition of The Moon and Sixpence. I think that an edition illustrated with reproductions of some of the paintings by Paul Gauguin would become a happy possession of admirers of the book. Since the reproduction of these paintings, as illustrations for the novel, would prove an expensive undertaking, such an edition would be beyond the reach or desire of the ordinary 'trade' publisher. I write you now to ask whether we could have your permission to issue such an edition upon payment of a proper royalty?" GEORGE MACY.

November 5, 1939; to GEORGE MACY, THE HERITAGE PRESS, NEW YORK: "Forgive this casual way of writing, but I am busy with war work, rushed to death, and with no secretary at the moment. Yes, I should be very glad; but you must also arrange with Doubleday Doran." W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM.

December 9, 1939; to W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM, CAP FERRAT: "I now report this to you, that Doubleday Doran have given us permission to proceed with an edition of The Moon and Sixpence. I have a special idea for the illustrations. I plan to ask a living illustrator to make a series of pen drawings, as . . .

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