Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Sartre mss., 1948-1949, consist of letters, telegrams, news clippings, and other documents relating to the English adaptation and New York premiere of Jean-Paul Sartre's LES MAINS SALES. The production opened at the Mansfield Theatre December 4, 1948 as THE RED GLOVES and starred Charles Boyer in his first appearance on the American stage. Prior to the opening Sartre became upset with both the adaptation and the title change (from "dirty hands" to "red gloves") and the file contains a long letter from him defending his author's right to refuse authorization of the performance as clause "i" of the original agreement, which stated that the author does not permit any changes in the text, had been violated.

Correspondents in the collection are Charles Boyer (writing to Sartre), Jean Dalrymple (theatrical publicist and producer of THE RED GLOVES), Bernard Gaston-Ch'rau, and Jean-Paul Sartre. Also present are signed copies of the agreement between Sartre, Dalrymple and Gabriel Pascal, and of Sartre's injunction against the production.

A copy of "The Playbill for the Mansfield Theatre: RED GLOVES," and clippings from French newspapers about the controversy complete the collection.

Purchase. G. Sabbagh. Paris, France 1995

Collection size: 18 items

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