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[Guillaume APOLLINAIRE]. Autograph manuscript... - Lot 74 - Ader
[Guillaume APOLLINAIRE]. Autograph manuscript by Jacqueline APOLLINAIRE (1891-1967), Casanova; school notebook petit in-4 with pink cover of about 51 pages. A set of proofs (56 p.) is enclosed, the beginning alone (5 p.).) is corrected, dated March 22, 1951; the original edition (Gallimard, 1952), one of the 100 copies out of print (no. 1691), paperback, with request to insert. Complete manuscript, copied by his wife, of Apollinaire's Casanova. The manuscript, written on the front of the pages of the notebook, includes corrections and additions, sometimes important, on the left side; it presents some passages that have been crossed out and some cut-outs, with variants and changes in relation to the edition, and also some differences (in the order of certain passages) with the autograph manuscript kept at the Bnf. With Casanova, a "parodic comedy" written in 1917-1918, Apollinaire approaches the genre of opéra bouffe. The music was to be composed by Henry Defosse, conductor of the Ballets Russes. In his preface to the original edition of Casanova (Gallimard, 1952), Robert Mallet states that Apollinaire had formed the project of writing a text that "would really be the material for a musical work. The idea had come to him at Picasso's house, where he met dancers and musicians from the Ballets Russes [...]. He envisioned choreographic entertainment that would be adapted to comically lyrical scenes.... He began to write a dialogue of Italian comedy, whose title was Casanova. […]. He did not complete the third act until August 5, 1918 at "Kervoyal", the villa he had then rented in Morbihan. His death, a few weeks later, caused his work to close up, barely signed, from the cardboard boxes from which Mme Apollinaire had just extracted it". We note in particular the deletion of the spoken passages, in prose; thus, at the beginning of scene IV, the monologue of the Marchioness, from which we will quote the beginning: "To think that until now I have always been courted. I have never yielded. This is my policy, to give nothing away but to let everything be taken, and here I am taken myself, a youth, an actor, what do I say an Adonis. The beauty in a man makes him king of our hearts "...
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