File 38 - Letters from Albert Guinon to André Antoine

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CA ON00389 C8-1-38

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Letters from Albert Guinon to André Antoine

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  • 1906-1908 (Creation)

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41 handwritten letters, 2 handwritten bristol note cards, 1 postcard, and 11 telegrams

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  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., on letterhead «Hotel Cosmopolitain, rue d’Antibes, Cannes». Congratulates Antoine on the news of the new theatre being built.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Mardi». Professor G.P. Baker, from Harvard University, is invited at the Sorbonne to give a talk on the history of British theatre. Baker appreciates Guinon’s plays and Guinon and Baker will meet to discuss. Guinon would be delighted to introduce Antoine to Baker. Is Antoine free?
  • Autograph bristol card from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «mercredi matin». Will not be able to arrange a meeting between Antoine and Mr. Baker for that evening. Will try for another day.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «1er juin 1906», with address «20 avenue Carnot». Has received Antoine’s letter. Reminds Antoine that he wrote to him a few months back, when Antoine became director of L’Odéon, to tell him that Guinon had already signed a contract with L’Odéon for his play.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Vendredi 9 juillet 1906», with address «Douarmenet (Finistère)». Will send his manuscript of Une fantaisie to Antoine – should he send it to the Odéon or to Camaret?
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Jeudi soir 12 juillet 1906». As requested, will send Une fantaisie to the Odéon.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «20 juillet 06», with address «Douarnenet (Finistère)» Expects that Antoine has had the manuscript of Une fantaisie sent to him from the Odéon to Camaret.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «12 décembre 1906», with address «20 Avenue Carnot». Agrees with Antoine that the casting for the role of Orsier should be handled with care. Dumény would be perfect.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «le 31 décembre 1906», with address «Hôtel Cosmopolitain Cannes (Alpes Maritimes)». Has just arrived in Cannes and is sending his address, in case Antoine needs to be in touch. Send his best wishes for the new year.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «Hôtel Cosmopolitain Cannes (Alpes Maritimes)». Agrees that Dumény would be perfect for the role of Orsier. If Dumény is not free, and only if he is not free, Huguenet could also be considered.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «Hôtel Cosmopolitain Cannes (Alpes Maritimes)». When will the rehearsals start? If Dumény is not free, has Antoine given any thought to what Guinon wrote a month earlier, about Huguenet.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «10 juillet 1907», with address «À Tréboul (Finistère)». In August, hopes to see Antoine in Camaret. Is writing a new play for Antoine’s theatre; hopes it’s all right with Antoine.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Le 17 juillet 07». Has received no reply from Antoine – sent his letter a week ago, to Camaret. Is waiting to hear from Antoine about Guinon going to Camaret; and also waiting to hear about his offer to write another play.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Tréboul, Finistère». Is working on the «scénario» of the play he is writing for Antoine. Will read it to Antoine when he sees him next.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «21 juillet 1907». Is sorry to hear that Antoine is unwell.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «Tréboul (Finistère)». Has not been able to see Antoine in Camaret. Talks about his play Son père, which is very different from the play Patachon, by Hennequin[?]. Is still at work on the new play for Antoine.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Tréboul, le mardi 20 août 07». Would like to see Antoine before leaving for Brest. If Antoine comes to Tréboul, Guinon would be happy to offer him a room.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Mercredi 21 août 07». Tries to arrange a meeting – is going away and Antoine is in Camaret.
  • Autograph bristol card from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «1er janvier 1908», with address «Hôtel Cosmopolitain, Cannes». Sends his best wishes for the new year.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Cannes 16 mars 1908». Recommends a play by a young author, Henri Verne. Will be back in Paris on 10 April.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «20 Avenue Carnot». Talked to Clerget last night – to clear the misunderstanding. They are now free to cast anyone they want.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «dimanche» [between 1900 and 1910], on letterhead «Théâtre national de l’Odéon. Cabinet du directeur», with address «20, avenue Carnot». Came around to see Antoine, who was not there. Will be in Paris until July.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Dimanche soir». In addition to what they discussed earlier in the day, Guinon heard that the Théâtre de la Renaissance has seen its takings go down by 2,000 fr, compared with a week before.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Dimanche». The journalist is exaggerating – Guinon has not finished his play for Antoine. He will give Antoine a «scénario» before leaving Paris.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Mercredi matin». Will make an appointment with Antoine. Most theatres have seen a dip in their takings, compared to the previous week. As for them, it’s still quite good. Would it be possible to add a little note to the matinée programs, advertising the evening shows?
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «20 avenue Carnot». Is still in Paris for a little while. Will give Antoine a detailed summary of his play, for discussion.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., on letterhead «Stella-Hôtel, 20, avenue Carnot, Paris (Étoile). Best Family-House». Has seen Baschet – they will advertise Son père in December, in the context of their subscription campaign for the new year. Also, is asking Antoine not to advertise in the newspapers that the troupe will be going to Anvers for a day. People may think that the troupe will be gone for much longer and it could adversely affect the play in Paris.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Vendredi soir». As they discussed on the telephone earlier in the day, Guinon will be in Paris Sunday night and at L’Odéon on Monday. Is counting on the fact that Antoine will supervise personally all the rehearsals.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Lundi 5 h ¼», on letterhead «Théâtre national de l’Odéon. Cabinet du Directeur». Antoine will be happy to hear that tickets are selling as well as the week before.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., on letterhead «Hôtel Cosmopolitain. Rue d’Antibes, Cannes». If what Guinon is reading in the newspapers is true [about a theatre being built in a hotel], hopes that Antoine will accept to direct it.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Vendredi», on letterhead «Gd Hotel de famille Stella. 20, avenue Carnot. First class boarding-house». Is back in Paris. Will come for a visit tomorrow.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Jeudi», on letterhead «Hotel & Pension “Stella”, 20, avenue Carnot». Asks Antoine to tell him if he want to see Guinon on Friday or on Saturday, at what time and where.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «20, avenue Carnot». Is back in Paris. Invites Antoine for a lunch at Weber, on rue Royale.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Le 24 mai 1907». Antoine and Guinon agree that the play Son père will be staged at the Odéon from 1st April.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Dimanche», on letterhead «Hotel & Pension “Stella”, 20, avenue Carnot». For this sort of play, the coincidence is not relevant. What matters is how it is executed. Will see Antoine after his première, for a meeting. Is waiting for a word from Antoine.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Mardi», on letterhead «Hotel & Pension Stella, 20, avenue Carnot Paris (Étoile)». Was by chance with Franck, who told him this: Guinon’s play and Duquesnel’s play are similar. For this reason, there is a rumour to the effect that Antoine will stage the actor Dumény in another play (not Guinon’s). Guinon wants Antoine to know about these rumours.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Dimanche matin». Tells Antoine to do what he thinks is best. Will see him in the afternoon.
  • Autograph postcard [view of Douarnenez] from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «? juil. 08». «C’est de là que je vous dis bonjour et bons souhaits.»
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «vendredi matin», on letterhead «Hotel & Pension Stella, 20, avenue Carnot Paris (Étoile)». Will be at the Odéon, with actor Dumény, on Saturday, at 5pm.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to [? – an administrator at the Odéon], dated «Douarnenez Finistère». His play Une fantaisie, to be staged soon at the Odéon, will bear a different title, and should read as follow in the program: «Son père, par Albert Guinon et Alfred Bouchinet».
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Samedi». Tells Antoine about the change of title of his play, and about the fact that Guinon already wrote to the administrator of the Odéon regarding the program.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «9 août 1906», with address «Douarnebez Finistère». His delighted that Antoine likes his play Une fantaisie, and that it will be staged during the upcoming season. Will not be able to visit Antoine in Camaret.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d., with address «Douarnenez, Finistère», stamped «Répondu le 21 7e». Will be in Paris in October; can be there earlier, if it’s necessary for the rehearsals of his play Son père. The actress Mlle Sylvie would be a wonderful Jeanne Orsier.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Douarnenez, 9 septembre 1906». Will not bother with this issue about «priorité de titre».
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Mercredi soir». Talked to Micheau about the play Patachon. The similarities are not that great between the two plays.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Guinon to Antoine, n.d. Summarizes the plot of the play Patachon, by Hennequin and Duquesnel. It is different from his own play Son père, even if the starting point is similar.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «9 du 7 06». Should manuscript be sent to the Odéon or to Camaret?
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «7 du 3 07». Will ask Bouchinet to go see Antoine. Will wait to hear from Antoine before talking to Dubosc.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «7 du 3 07». Dubosc could accept but may have other engagements. Antoine should see with Judic and Franck.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «8 du 3 07». Dubosc is free – will contact Antoine directly.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «11 du 3 07». Accepts that his play will be staged next fall, but they must secure actor right away; New contract must be prepared.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «8 avril 07». Has received the good news with pleasure.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «8 du 10 07». Shares Antoine’s opinion. Want to consult Bouchinet. Will send definitive answer later.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «9 du 10 07». Affirmative answer from Bouchinet. Is ready to leave for first reading.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «11 du 10 07». Will be in Paris Sunday night.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «6 janv. 08». Thanks Antoine for his affectionate letter.
  • Typed telegram from Albert Guinon to Antoine, stamped «? fév. 08». Will be away from Paris for quite a while. Wants to be there for rehearsals. Accepts project in principle.
  • Autograph carte pneumatique from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Mercredi», stamped «Paris 22 du 5 07». Has heard that Porel is unwell.
  • Autograph carte pneumatique from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «jeudi matin», stamped «19 du 12 07». Wants Antoine to make sure that people know Dumény will be playing.
  • Autograph carte pneumatique from Albert Guinon to Antoine, dated «Lundi», stamped «2 du 12 07». Has heard that the takings, in several theatres, have gone down significantly, which is not the case for Antoine’s theatre.

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