[Prévert, Jacques. (1900–1977)]

"[Prévert] has never given a lecture, and does not wish to" - Typed Letter Signed from His Editor

TLS written on behalf of the French poet and screenwriter by René Bertelé, Prévert's "editor and friend" at Gallimard, to Professor Giancarlo Camerana of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, declining an invitation to speak.  Paris, 27 May, 1952;  2 pp. on NRF stationary.  In part (translated from the French), "I write on behalf of Monsieur Jacques Prévert...Monsieur Prévert thanks you for having thought of him for this conference tour, but he regrets that he cannot accept: In effect, he has never given a lecture, and does not wish to."  Bertelé goes on to suggest that the ACI could instead present "characteristic fragments" of Prévert's work as part of a presentation given by "someone who knows Jacques Prévert well."  Expected mailing folds, two holes to left margin, else fine.  5 x 8 inches (12.7 x 20.3 cm.).

Jacques Prévert wrote numerous films throughout the 1930's and 40's, but is best known today for his poetry, which remains popular throughout the French-speaking world.  His best-known volume, Paroles, was published in 1945 and included on Le Monde's list of the 100 Books of the Century.

Founded in 1947, the Associazione Culturale Italiana [Association of Italian Culture] has brought hundreds of philosophers, writers, scientists, artists, and Nobel winners to lecture in Italy.  Professor Irma Antonnetto, founder of the ACI, was recipient of the 1964 Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica italiana. (19206)