McCarthy, Mary. (1912–1989)

"Meanwhile, I have another problem." - Typed Letter Signed

TLS with several handwritten marks from the American novelist to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, regarding a refund for an unused train ticket.  January 9, 1969;  Paris; 1 pp., written on thin paper.  "Dear Miss Antonetto;/ Did you get my speech?*/  Meanwhile, I have another problem.  My Turin/Paris return railroad ticket.  When I took it in for refund to the agency which issued it here in Paris, they told me it would have to be stamped in Turin before January 15th.  Someone must take it to the Turin station with the note, 'questo biglietto non sarà utilizzato.' ['This ticket was not used']./  The person who takes it to the Turin station to be 'timbrato' ['stamped'] must claim that the ticket is his, or hers.  This all sounds complicated, but they say that it is the only way to get one's money back./  With best wishes,/  [Signature]/  Mary McCarthy/  Enclosure: Rail ticket Turin/Paris/  [autograph addendum]  *P.S. It turns out that I forgot to put the speech in the mail.  Here it is."  Expected mailing folds,  two holes to right margin, else fine.  8.5 x 10.5 inches (21.6 x 26.7 cm.).

McCarthy was a novelist, critic, and political activist, best known for her novel The Group, which remained on the New York Times bestsellers list for two years.  Her feud with playwright Lillian Hellman (1904–1984) formed the basis for the play Imaginary Friends by Nora Ephron (1941–2012).

Irma Antonetto (1920-1993), was founder and director of the Associazione Culturale Italiana [Association of Italian Culture] for 46 years, during which time she brought some 400 philosophers, writers, scientists, artists, and Nobel winners to lecture in Italy. She was recipient of the 1964 Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica italiana.a. (19035)