Millett, Kate. (1934–2017)

"Dear patient lady— how I must provoke you" - Typed Letters Signed

Pair of TLS from the feminist writer, addressed to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, finalizing a date for Millett to speak.  In the first letter (May 1st NYC; 1 pp. on A4 paper), Millett writes, in part, "Forgive me for not answering sooner.  I would love to come to Italy, of course...[T]his November is a bit difficult: I am giving an exhibit of my sculptura in late December or January and building the show will take me several months- so that I hesitate going abroad during that time...with much gratitude for you[r] patience and many good wishes."  In the second letter (May 24 75, New York City;  1 pp. on A4 paper), she writes, in part, "I have been anguishing over this matter, and...I have decided that November is not the right time.  Not only does it interrupt precious time before the exhibition— it is a dreadful waste to go to Italy merely for a week.  Better to go some time when I can stay on a week or two beyond the lectures and savor the place...With all my best regards and many apologies for the rather labored and tardy way I appear to make decisions. / And many thanks for your patience."  Millett would end up speaking at the ACI in March of 1976.  Expected mailing folds, and a light crease in upper left corner, else fine.
Kate Millett was an American feminist writer, best known for her 1970 book Sexual Politics. An important influence on second-wave feminism, she was also an activist for human rights, peace, civil rights, and mental health.

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. (19195)

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