Typed Letter Signed Michael O'Sullivan to Stella Musulin 1984-05-31
O'Sullivan, Michael
  • Mayer, Sandra
  • Frühwirth, Timo
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Andorfer Peter, Elsner Daniel, Frühwirth Timo, Grigoriou Dimitra, Mayer Sandra, Mendelson Edward and Neundlinger Helmut. Auden Musulin Papers: A Digital Edition of W. H. Auden's Letters to Stella Musulin. Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2022, amp.acdh.oeaw.ac.at .
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0003 DUBLIN 2

0004                                                             Home address :
0005                                                             22, Kildare Street,
0006                                                             DUBLIN, 2
0007                                                             Tel : 762662.

0008 Tel. 772941

0009 31 : V: 1984

0010 Dear Baroness Musulin,

0011                      I remember you telling me that you liked the novels of
0012 Molly Keane when I visited you with Peter Muller in October of last year. I
0013 was delighted to see that Virago Press have decided to reprint her early
0014 novels and I thought of you when I saw them in the bookshops. I am sending
0015 you herewith The Rising Tide - the first in the series of reprints and I very
0016 much hope you enjoy reading it.

0017                      I remember with great affection our chat about W.H. Auden
0018 and I am very grateful to you for sharing those memories with me. Plans for
0019 the Auden Exhibition in the Kunstlerhaus are now very far advanced. I have
0020 put togther a complete collection of Auden's first editions, selections from
0021 his contributions to periodicals, representative anthologies, his films for
0022 the G.P.O Film Unit1/2
, many items connected with his work for the Group Theatre,
0023 all the opera libretti1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9, Britten's arrangements of his poems and many other items.
0024 I have also arranged for various portraits of Auden to be sent to Vienna ; they
0025 include Sir William Coldstream's 1937 portrait, a portrait by Mervyn Peake painted
0026 in the same year, two drawings by Maurice Field and a portrait by Don Bachardy.
0027 I have also managed to get 26 lithographs by Henry Moore which he did in 1973 to
0028 illustrate a selection of Auden's poems.

0029                      Stephen Spender has agreed to come to Vienna during the
0030 period of the Exhibition - that is 11th October to 3rd November.  Humphrey
0031 Carpenter
will lecture on Auden at the invitation of the British Council, so it
0032 all promises to be a splendid celebration of Auden's life and work.

0033                      I was terribly disappointed not to have seen you when I was
0034 in Vienna in March but alas I was at the mercy of my friends who have cars and,
0035 as luck would have it,they were all so busy at various things I was left stranded in
0036 Vienna throughout my brief visit. However I shall be spending September, October
0037 and November in Austria and I very much look forward to seeing you then.

0038                      I had a letter from Edward Mendelson yesterday and he asked
0039 me to send you his very best wishes which I do along with my own. I hope this
0040 finds you in good spirits and that Summer is better behaved in Austria than
0041 it is here in Ireland.

0042                      With all good wishes,
0043                      Yours very sincerely,

0044 Michael O'Sullivan

0045                      MICHAEL O'SULLIVAN.