Documents associated with: book, Eden v Whistler, publication
Record 5 of 12
System Number: 08505
Date: [10 November 1898]
Recipient: William Heinemann
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS
Now by this time you must have had all my notes & letters - - This is another casual line - at a Café - for the Boulevards are simply perfect - amazing! - how can you stay among the tatooed! - to say that I want news - Also, and above all, to regret that I cannot be with you tomorrow evening when you receive the Lady Bettie & Sir Georges! - - I would show him what he loses!
Such a superb case he never can again have! -
Tant pis! - You are coming over [p. 2] and we dine together on Saturday evening -
I dined last night at Griffins - excellent - He had seen Nathanson - and left it all to be arranged by you - So that I am still quite safe - and have not in any way been committed to any thing -
Nothing is for a moment proposed to be 'fixed up' until you appear -
Lady Bettie wrote me a most charming letter which I will show you -
And I notice that you are again entertaining the Signora!!!!!!?
Harold Fredericks Gloria Mundi is simply superb! - that is all the first part - But really masterly -
I have not got beyond -
I have had a letter from McClure -
Do send for him and say that I will write and have been prevented by overwhelming work - but, not to lose time, I wish you to say that I should indeed be pleased to appear in America under his management - but that our experience is against lending the book itself!! - Of course if you can see a way out, as doubtless you will, [p. 3] why take it! - So that somebody protect[s] us from robbery -
Do appear on Saturday - or Sunday - I have told Viélé-Griffin that you are certain - and you would enjoy Paris now amazingly -
It is simply marvellous! - - Here am I sitting at the Napolitain, with a light summer overcoat on, and a sense of brightness you can have no idea of! -
It would be ridiculous to give this away next Sunday for Brighton! -
The pretty copies of the book not yet come! -
Carmens Studio stupendous! already about 60 éleves! and all the other ateliers daily emptying!
They come in squads! from everywhere -
1. [10 November 1898]
The date '' is written in another hand on p. 1. Dated from the references to books and to meeting in Paris (see below).
4. Tant pis!
Fr., too bad.
Thadée Nathanson, co-proprietor of the Revue Blanche.
10. Harold Fredericks
Harold Frederic (1856-1898), novelist and journalist [more]. His novel Gloria Mundi was serialized in The Cosmopolitan between January-November 1898, and published in Chicago, New York, and by Heinemann in London in 1898.
Samuel Sidney McClure (1857-1949), journalist and publisher [more]. The letter is untraced. The book in question was JW's account of his dispute with Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], over possession of Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408). He had intended to publish his account with Heinemann but concerns that this might lead to further litigation eventually led to publication in Paris: Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].
13. Carmens Studio
The Académie Carmen, the Paris atelier opened by Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more]. It opened early in October 1898 and closed in April 1901. JW had promised to visit it and in fact supervised it somewhat irregularly. See his letter to the Daily Chronicle, 1 October , #07664. 'Carmens Studio ... everywhere -' is written in the left margin at right angles to the main text.