[Camus, Albert. (1913–1960)]

Typed Letter Signed from His Publisher Regarding an Invitation to Speak

TLS written on behalf of the French author and philosopher by a secretary at Gallimard, Camus' publisher, to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, declining an invitation to speak.  Paris, 9 October 1950;  1 pp. on Gallimard stationary.  In part (translated from the French), "Sadly, Monsieur Albert Camus, ill for the last year, is currently convalescing, and his health does not allow him the movement and fatigue involved in a conference."   Expected mailing fold, two holes to left margin, else fine.  5 x 8 inches (12.7 x 20.3 cm.).
Born in Algeria, Camus was a member of the French Resistance during World War II, a journalist, and author of such classics as The Stranger, The Plague, and The Myth of Sisyphus.  He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 at the age of 44, making him the second-youngest recipient in history.  His output and cultural legacy are all the more remarkable for his tragic early death at 46.

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. (19207)

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