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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Collection théâtrale André Antoine
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Letter from Josette Antoine and André Antoine fils (grand-son of Antoine) to J. Sanders

Typed letter from Josette Antoine and André Antoine fils (grand-son of Antoine) to J. Sanders, dated «Les Grands Champs (Chateauroux), le mardi 18 mars 2008».
Very long letter (30 pages) – touching upon a variety of subjects: Zola, painting, Huysmans, Deffoux, etc.
Typed c.v. of André Antoine, grand-son of director André Antoine (2 pages)

Letters from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders

Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 29 mars 1995» (17 pages), with postcards + condolences letter sent by André Antoine fils to Marianne Levy-Alcover (daughter of Colonna Romano) dated 14 mai 1985.
Various considerations on religion – lists 54 questions about traveling to North America.
Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 08 avril 1994» (22 pages), with a typed poem from André Antoine fils and postcards.
Various considerations on his new job.
Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 1ier août 1993» (15 pages), with copies of letters sent by André Antoine fils to Professeur Marcel Burel + photographs of paintings done by Mme Antoine.
Various considerations on his mother’s paintings, and on literature.

Letters from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders

-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 12 septembre 1991» (53 pages).Collection Théâtrale André Antoine
Special Collections | John M. Kelly Library | University of St Michael’s College in the University of Toronto
53 Various considerations on writers.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 15 août 1992» (13 pages).Talks about his father, on the 10th anniversary of his passing away.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 22 décembre 1990» (2 pages).Gives address of Zola researcher.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 09 mars 1991» (13 pages).
Various political considerations.

Letters from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders

-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 05 novembre 1990» (43 pages).Various political considerations.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 23 septembre 1990» (3 pages).Various considerations on Antoine’s movies – could meet Sanders in Limoges.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 28 août 1990» (2 pages).Thanks Sanders for sending his article about Antoine in Camaret.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 6 août 1990» (3 pages).Has not received Sanders’s article on Camaret.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 3 octobre 1988» (2 pages).Does not have the large black binder that used to belong to Antoine. It was probably given to the bibliothèque de l’Arsenal.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 23 février 1988» (20 pages).Thanks Sanders for sending a copy of his book. Various considerations on Antoine’s marital life.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 15 décembre 1987» (6 pages).Various considerations on movies directed by Antoine being restaured.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 15 février 1986» (3 pages).Various considerations on photography.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 16 décembre 1985» (3 pages).Various family considerations (J. Sanders’s son was very ill).Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 11 janvier 1985» (3 pages).Various family considerations (including a remark about the Antoine family – relations are strained).
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «11 décembre 1983» (2 pages).Sanders should ask the bibliothèque de L’Arsenal about the documents he wants – André Antoine fils gave the documents to L’Arsenal.

Autograph letters and 2 short autographs by Léon Deffoux

  • Autograph letter by Léon Deffoux to Dominique Braga, dated July 8, 1919. Deffoux wishes to submit an article about Edmond de Goncourt on the occasion of his anniversary to the newspaper Le Pays [where Braga works].
  • Autograph letter by Léon Deffoux to Dominique Braga, dated September 29, 1919. Deffoux announces that Zavie wishes to submit an article about Jean Pellerin’s new book.
  • A hand-written note on the title page of Un communard (page clipped out from the book): «À Mr G. de Chevigné – De la part de Mme Habey – Hommage de l’auteur, Léon Deffoux»
  • A hand-written note on a page from the Bulletin de la Société J.-K. Huysmans, dated June 16 1942 and addressed to Auriant. «15/ VI 1942. Mon cher Auriant, Voici l’article qui vous manque. Je l’ai en double. Laissez-moi vous signaler que, dans l’édition des “Oeuvres complètes” de J.-K. H., aux notes d’À Rebours, page 241, Descaves date du 28 mai 1886 le papier de Francis Enne. Tout affectueusement» - the signature is missing but the upper part of a “D” is visible.

Letters from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders

-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 7 août 1983» (2 pages).His father made his will clear: all documents pertaining to Antoine and his career must go to the Arsenal. Some are missing (correspondence, brochures, etc.). André fils is asking Sanders to send what he has [?] to the Arsenal.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 9 janvier 1983» (2 pages).
Thanks Sanders for sending a letter on the occasion of the passing away of André-Paul Antoine, his father. Sends the «faire-part» of his father’s death.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils [no signature] to J. Sanders, dated «le 22 mai 1981» (35 pages).Various considerations on children’s literature, politics, art.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 14 septembre 1980» (7 pages).Considerations on the French postal services, politics. Says that Georges Ancey’s wife was André-Paul Antoine’s god-mother.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 7 décembre 1980» (2 pages).Is looking forward to Sanders’s next visit to France – is sending his parents’s best wishes for the new year.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 2 août 1980» (3 pages).Is happy that Sanders was able to look at the register. Is sending his parents’s best wishes.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 25 août 1980» (11 pages).Does not have the register. Sanders should talk to F. Pruner. Thanks Sanders for sending the document «Liste des archives rapportées de Camaret», prepared by M. Kovatchévitch. Various political considerations.
-Typed letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le 28 décembre 1979» (1 page).Went to Limoges and is looking forward to telling Sanders about his findings there. Sends his family’s best wishes for the new year.
-Autograph letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «26 décembre 1978» (1 page).Thanks Sanders, on behalf of his parents, for his work to promote Antoine’s career.

Play: L’Ennemie

Play: L’Ennemie, by André-Paul Antoine, published in La petite Illustration, 29 juin 1929. The play was first staged by the Théâtre Antoine in April 1929.

Letters written by André-Paul Antoine & J. Sanders

-Autograph letter [draft] by André-Paul Antoine to [funeral services?], n.d.Wishes to have his father’s remains transferred to the family plot in Camaret. Inquires about the fees.
-Typed document by André-Paul Antoine (5 pages) about his father staging Shakespeare in France in the early 1900s.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to Mattei Roussou, dated «Menton, le 28 août 1946», with address «A.P. Antoine, 28, Boulevard de Garavan, Menton».Talks about the various projects related to his father: the creation of an «Association des amis d’Antoine», the naming of a Paris name in honour of Antoine, etc.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to G. Beral, dated «Menton, le 16 août 1946», with address «A.P. Antoine, 28, Boulevard de Garavan, Menton».Tells his correspondent that his father never completed the third volume of his autobiography.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to Mattei Roussou, dated «Menton, le 16 août 1946», with address «A.P. Antoine, 28, Boulevard de Garavan, Menton».Cannot give access to Antoine’s personnal correspondence. He has to sort it out first, as his father asked him to do before he died. As for the book that may soon be published by another person, André-Paul asks Roussou to tell him the name of the publisher.
-Autograph letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders[?], dated «11/10/51».Is at his service – they can make an appointment by telephone.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris le 30 juin 1963», with address «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Will be in Paris for the month of July and will meet with Sanders with pleasure.
-Typed letter from Léone Pichet to Sanders, dated «Montréal, le 6 dcembre 1965», on letterhead «Eurofilm Limitée».André-Paul Antoine will be in Canada and has expressed the desire to meet with J. Sanders.
-Autograph letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «10 décembre 1965», on letterhead «The Windsor Hotel, Montreal».Apologizes for not meeting Sanders, but will be back in the spring. Thanks Sanders for sending copies of his articles on Antoine.
-Typed telegram from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, n.d., with envelope stamped «Paris 29-7-1954».Is feeling better. Asks Sanders to call him.
-Autograph letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris 22 février 1965».Thanks Sanders for his article on Camaret, which brought back many memories.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris 15 décembre 1965».Thanks Sanders for sending his article on Antoine and Ibsen. Sanders’s interpretation is excellent.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 20 avril 1970», with address «54, rue Caulaincourt Paris».Was unwell – is now feeling better. Will be working for a television series about early Canada. Asks Sanders to help him information about the first colonists.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 11 mai 1970», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Thanks Sanders for sending the book – which he was unable to find in Paris. Is feeling much better now.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 2 octobre 1970», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Has found part of a ms: the translation of Les revenants (Ibsen) done by Louis de Nessem. Is that the one Sanders was looking for? Can send the document.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 8 octobre 1970», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Has found the entire ms of Les revenants – will send the document. Also sends a letter, dated 1890.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 7 juin 1971», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Is unwell but will still see Sanders with pleasure.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 8 septembre 1971», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Is sending the address of Bergerat’s daughter. Asks for the title of the book on Antoine mentioned by Sanders.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 4 novembre 1971», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe». Is sorry to hear about Mrs Sanders’s illness. Will send a list of the brochures he has about the Théâtre Libre.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 27 décembre 1971», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Best wishes for the new year. Has found many documents that could be of interest to Sanders, when he will next be in Paris.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 13 janvier 1972», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Will write the note about Antoine – some may be surprised with what he will reveal.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 22 février 1972», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Sends the note about Antoine.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 5 juin 1972», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Sends another article on Antoine, at Sanders’s request. Will send the list of documents about Antoine, from which Sanders can chose what he wants to see and borrow.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 17 novembre 1972».Answers the questions sent by Sanders – in 1924, Antoine still has Zola’s letters in his possession. They were lost eventually.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 17 septembre 1973», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Is sending a photograph of Antoine, during his directorship at the Odéon. About the letters from Antoine to Zola: will try to get the address of the buyer.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 22 janvier 1974».His son André is writing a thesis on «l’Acadie» - he would like to go to Canada to further his research. Can Sanders help?
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 12 mars 1974», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Thanks Sanders for his help – it did not work out, but his son will try his luck again in October. Has new documents about Antoine to show Sanders. Should be able to send soon the addresses of the buyers of Antoine’s autographs.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 1er septembre 1975», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».About the ms of La Terre – could not find all the information requested by Sanders, but found one of the descendents of Saint-Arroman. The Zola heirs cannot be contacted through the Société des auteurs.
-Autograph Xmas card from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, n.d., with envelope stamped «29-12 1975».Best wishes for the new year.
-Typed letter [carbon copy] from André-Paul Antoine to Jacques Duviard, dated «Paris, le 22 novembre 1976».Jacques Duviard is the descendent of F. Fabre – and it seems like there is a correspondence between F. Fabre and André Antoine. Would Duviard be kind enough to let Sanders see the letters, for his next book on Antoine.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 29 novembre 1975», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».The Jacques Duviard to whom he has written was not the right person – he is not the descendent of Émile Fabre, the friend of Antoine.
-Typed letter [photocopy] from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 28 octobre 1976», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».
-Formal letter: as the sole heir of André Antoine, André-Paul Antoine gives J. Sanders permission to use any documents, correspondences (public or private), any books (published or not), anywhere in the world, to conduct research on André Antoine (life and works).
-Autograph Xmas card from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, n.d. [1977].Best wishes for the new year.
-Typed letter from Dany Roussel [?] to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 4 février 1977».Sends the information requested by Sanders about a few plays.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 11 octobre 1977», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Hopes to see Sanders in the spring – best wishes.
-Autograph letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Décembre 1977».Best wishes for the new year.
-Typed letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «Paris, le 11 octobre 1978».Appreciates Sanders’s remarkable book on Antoine. Remains at his service for the next book on Antoine’s correspondence.
-Autograph letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «Dimanche 11 octobre 1970».Is going his military service – it’s a big change but he is not unhappy.
-Autograph letter from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «le vendredi 27 juillet 1973».Hopes that all will be well for Sanders.
-Autograph Xmas card from André Antoine fils to J. Sanders, dated «Le samedi 2 janvier 1971».Is sending his best wishes for the new year.Photograph of André-Paul Antoine, 1975, in his Paris appartment.
-Autograph letter from André-Paul Antoine to André Antoine, dated «samedi 14», with transcription by J. Sanders.Talks about his transfer from one military hospital to the other – it may take a while. Asks that the certificate for his «croix de guerre» be kept carefully.
-Autograph letter from André-Paul Antoine to J. Sanders, dated «15 juillet 1973», on letterhead «54, rue Caulaincourt, XVIIIe».Sends his condolences to Sanders, regarding the passing of his wife. Reminds Sanders of their old friendship – the Antoines’ house is open to Sanders, as well as their hearts.
-Nine envelopes
-Press clipping [n.d., no source] about Jacques Antoine, son of André-Paul Antoine and grand-son of André Antoine.

biographical documents: Léon Deffoux

Various biographical documents of interest:

  • 3 pages of advertising material for two books by Deffoux, Un logis de J.-K. Huysmans (1 copy), and Le naturalisme (2 copies)
  • 4 press clippings about his career ranging from 1929-1937
  • 1 small portrait of Léon Deffoux designed by Jean Lébédeff, french engraver
  • 1 photocopy of Léon Deffoux’s handwritten and typed c.v.
  • 1 offprint of an article written by J. Sanders, "Léon Deffoux (1881-1944), échotier et historiographe du naturalisme," Cahiers Naturalistes, vol. 81, 2007, pp. 259-272
  • 1 undated, untitled document (typed) about Deffoux’s career, probably by J. Sanders, may be a draft of the previous article
  • 1 excised article on Léon Deffoux by André Billy from L'Alliance litteraire, November 1930, pp. 19-22.
  • 1 letter from the Institut de France acknowledging receiving a copy of Deffoux’s book

René Descharmes

  • Autograph letter from René Descharmes [to Deffoux?], dated September 29, [1917]. Is responding to a previous letter from his correspondent – could meet with him at the Bibliothèque nationale if the matter is urgent.
  • Autograph letter with envelope from René Descharmes to Léon Deffoux, dated March 21, [probably 1918, according to the stamp on the envelope, which also bears the stamp of the Ministère de la Guerre, where Descharmes was working]. Descharmes thanks Deffoux for sending his last book about Flaubert. He is himself thinking about writing about Flaubert and the académie, but feels discouraged because of the war.
  • Autograph letter from René Descharmes to Léon Deffoux, dated June 15, [probably 1922, according to a note penciled by Deffoux on the upper left-hand corner] Descharmes asks Deffoux if he knows of any autographs of Flaubert. Descharmes is preparing an edition of Flaubert’s correspondence because the edition published by Fasquelle contains many errors.
  • Autograph letter with envelope from René Descharmes to Léon Deffoux, dated July 29, [probably 1922, according to the stamp on the envelope – which bears the header: «Muséum national d’histoire naturelle – Bibliothèque»] On letterhead of the «Muséum national d’histoire naturelle – Bibliothèque – Rue de Buffon, no 8» Thanks Deffoux for sending the last issue of Le Radical, in which Deffoux published the text of a letter by Flaubert. Descharmes will use it in his edition of Flaubert – although he has to run to the printing shop because the book is being printed.

Gramont, Louis de, Rolande

Gramont, Louis de, Rolande. Pièce en quatre actes (cinq tableaux), Paris, Tresse & Stock Éditeurs, 1888. – With annotations throughout. Copy marked «Souffleur». With printed dedicace: «A Antoine, directeur du Théâtre-Libre et aux interprètes de Rolande. Reconnaissance profonde, Gramont.»

Heijermans, Hermann, La bonne espérance

Heijermans, Hermann, La bonne espérance. Jeu de la mer en quatre actes. Adaptation française de Jacques Lemaire et J. Schurmann, Paris, Librairie théâtrale, 1902. Uncut. – With a dedicace: «À André Antoine, avec toute mon admiration et mes dévoués sentiments de sincère amitié, J. Schurmann.»

Hennique, Léon, Amour, Poeuf

-Hennique, Léon, Amour, drame en trois parties. Représenté pour la première fois, sur le Théâtre de l’Odéon, le 6 mars 1890, Paris, Tresse & Stock, Éditeur, 1890.
-Hennique, Léon, Poeuf, Paris, Tresse & Stock, 1887. Incomplete. – With a dedicace: «À Monsieur A. Antoine (Jacques Damour tel que je l’avais rêvé!), avec mille remerciements et l’assurance de ma sympathie la plus cordiale, Léon Hennique.»

Hennique, Léon, La rédemption de Pierrot

Hennique, Léon, La rédemption de Pierrot. Pantomime. Cinq eaux-fortes de Louis Morin, Paris, Librairie des Amateurs A. Ferroud, F. Ferroud, Libraire-Éditeur, 1903.
Copy on papier du Japon bearing no 102.
With a dedicace: «A André Antoine, à l’ami, au lettré et au grand comédien, tout affectueusement, Léon Hennique.»

Ibsen, Henrik, Les revenants

Ibsen, Henrik, Les revenants. Drame familial en trois actes, traduits par Rodolphe Darzens, édition ornée d’un portrait d’Henrik Ibsen gravé en taille-douce, Paris, Tresse & Stock, 1890.
With a dedicace: «À André Antoine, à l’artiste unique, à l’acteur sans qualificatif, à l’ami… le seul, Rodolphe Darzens, de la part d’Henrik Ibsen, mai 1890».

Lecomte, Georges, Mirages

Lecomte, Georges, Mirages, drame en cinq actes, Paris, Calmann Lévy, 1893. – With a dedicace: «À toi, mon cher Antoine, en remerciment du talent et du courage que tu as mis au service de ce drame, à toi, de tout coeur, Georges Lecomte.»

Raymond, Charles, Don Carlos

Raymond, Charles, Don Carlos, drame en cinq actes et onze tableaux d’après Schiller, Paris, Charpentier et Fasquelle, 1896. – With a dedicace: «A Antoine, en lui renouvelant, ici, l’expression de ma reconnaissance, Charles Raymond.»

Vaucaire, Maurice, Un beau soir

Vaucaire, Maurice, Un beau soir, comédie en un acte, en vers. Représentée pour la première fois par la troupe du Théâtre-Libre sur la scène des Menus-Plaisirs, le 30 novembre 1891, Paris, Alphonse Lemerre, 1892. – With annotations throughout. Copy marked «Régie». – With 35 extra lines of text, hand-written on a piece of paper sewn into the play.

Wolff, Pierre, Jacques Bouchard

Wolff, Pierre, Jacques Bouchard, pièce en un acte, en prose, Paris, Tresse & Stock, 1980. – With a dedicace: «A André Antoine, sans grandes phrases, sans protester autrement d’une amitié sincère, je signe, votre bon camarade bien dévoué, Pierre Wolff.»

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