Miller, Arthur. (1915–2005)
"I have found that [public speaking] takes too much time and especially now I have too much writing before me." - Typed Letter Signed
TLS from the American playwright to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana responding to an invitation to speak. Roxbury, Connecticut, July 27, 1964; 1 p. on personal stationary. In part, "If I were to lecture at all I would be especially glad to do so under the auspices of the A.C.I. but I have all but given up public speaking. I have found that it takes too much time and especially now I have too much writing before me." At the time of writing, Miller was likely preparing Incident at Vichy to open on Broadway in December of the same year. Expected mailing folds, two holes punched to left margin, else fine. 7.5 x 10.5 inches (19 x 26.7 cm.). Together with TLS from Miller's secretary, Elizabeth Hannum, declining an earlier invitation. July 10, 1962; 1 pp. on Miller's personal stationary. Expected mailing folds, two holes punched to left margin, fragment of transmissal envelope stapled to upper left corner, else fine. 7.5 x 10.5 inches (19 x 26.7 cm.).
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.