‎[Macmillan] - ‎ ‎GODDEN, Rumer‎
‎An Episode of Sparrows [ With 3 autograph signed letters bu Rumer Godden ]‎

‎8vo, hard cover, Macmillan, London, 1961‎

Reference : 54669

‎With three interesting typed and signed letters by Rumer Godden to the french writer Michel Suffran. In a first letter (dated 8th november 1962, Little Douce Grove, Northiam, East Sussex) she explains being "in favur of your adapting my book An episode of sparrows" [ ... ] "There is, however, one difficulty : I was very far from happy with the book translation. Madame Sellier-Leclerc is a most charming and refined lady, but she thought it expedient to tone down the slangy and sometimes slighltly obscene language that my street children used, as of course the would"[... ]In a second letter (19 th novembre 1962) she explains " I was able to listen to the first part of Le Fleuve [ ... ] but I heard enough to be aware of the very high quality of your adaptation. It is much better than the English one, and I would be extremely pleased to have your adaptation translated into German. Your narration seems to me at times a little too intense ; rather, as we would say, "rubbing in the point" too heavily. But on the whole I was delighted. The quality of a dream (which Renoir caught so well in the film) comes through excellently [... ]. The third letter (dated 17th January 1964, from Hotel Codan, Denmark) : "I am so very sorry I did not hear Episode of Sparrows yesterday afternoon but as you will see I am in Denmark working on a musical play for children, and every day, alla day, is taken up. I hope the programme went very well" [ ... ]. Dustjacket repaired with tape.‎

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