File 16 - Maurice LeBlond and Denise LeBlond-Zola, letters to Léon Deffoux

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CA ON00389 C8-1-16

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Maurice LeBlond and Denise LeBlond-Zola, letters to Léon Deffoux

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  • 1932-1944 (Creation)

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33 handwritten letters, 1 press clipping, 6 postcards, 2 typed document, 1 printed death announcement, 1 photocopied article, 16 envelopes

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  • Autograph letter from Denise LeBlond-Zola to Léon Deffoux, dated «31-8-32» - on a carte lettre, stamped «Paris, 31 VIII 1932». Thanks Deffoux for his articles in L’Oeuvre and L’Intransigeant, mentioning the German translation of her book on Zola.
  • Autograph letter from Denise LeBlond-Zola to Léon Deffoux, dated «30 nov. 34», with envelope stamped «Paris, 30 XI 1934». Thanks Deffoux for his article in L’Oeuvre about the German translation of Emile Zola et les animaux.
  • Autograph letter from Denise LeBlond-Zola to Léon Deffoux, dated «17 mars 36», on papier bordé de noir, with envelope (bordée de noir), stamped «Paris 18 mars 36». Thanks Deffoux for the information he sent her. She now has a lot of references at her disposal. It seems like she mixed up two anecdotes – will discuss it with him when they meet next.
  • Autograph letter from Denise LeBlond-Zola to Léon Deffoux, dated «1er juillet 36», on a carte-lettre, addressed to Léon Deffoux. Recommends a young writer [Frédéric Lasalle?] to Deffoux.
  • Autograph letter from Denise LeBlond-Zola to Léon Deffoux, dated «9 janv. 38», with envelope addressed to «Léon Deffoux, à L’Oeuvre» [no stamp]. Is sending the reference requested by Deffoux. Has been very busy with the wedding of her daughter. Has seen Deffoux’s article on the Musée de Médan in L’Oeuvre.
  • Autograph bristol card from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 2 janvier 32», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Is sending a document, and his best wishes for the new year.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 24 mai 32». Thanks Deffoux for publishing the information concerning the «littérateurs fonctionnaires». Is proposing an article about the Cherche-Midi prison, which could be suitable for L’Oeuvre.
  • Autograph postcard [view of le marais poitevin] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Niort 13 août 1932». Is on holiday – sends his best.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «L’Étang-la-Ville, 4 septembre 32». Is delighted to accept the offer to collaborate with L’Oeuvre on a regular basis. Should he see Henry Raud?
  • Autograph postcard [view of Auvergne] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Clermont-Ferrand, 28 octobre 32», stamped «28 X 1932» Is giving a series of talks – will soon pay a visit to Deffoux.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 2 novembre [1932? pencilled in the upper right hand corner]. Asks Deffoux to publish a few lines in L’Intransigeant, regarding the celebration, in Niort, for his friend Pérochon.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 6 février 33», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 6 fevr 33». Guy Vauzat will publish a book on Nana – can Deffoux mention it in L’Oeuvre or L’Intransigeant? Will telephone Deffoux later in the week.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 23 avril 34», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». The Americans have adapted Nana for the cinema, but there is very little left from the novel itself. A friend from New York sent him the script, which LeBlond is in turn sending to Deffoux. Can Deffoux write a piece on this scandalous movie? The family will protest officially and LeBlond will keep Deffoux informed.
  • Typed script document of the American adaptation of Nana («Nana sur l’écran américain»)
  • Photocopied press clipping – hand-written note: «Comoedia, 14 mai 1934» - article on the American adaptation of Nana
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 28 décembre 1934», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 29 XII 1934» Is sending a short piece for L’Oeuvre, about the 50th anniversary of Louis Desprez. Is sending his best wishes for the new year.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 11 mars 36», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Is sending a few documents for a column in L’Oeuvre.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 15 avril 36», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», with envelope, on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 15 IV 1936». Has been quite sick with the flu. Agrees to everything for the Bulletin de la Société Huysmans. The letters between Huysmans and Zola are published, either by Bernouard or Fasquelle. Has not found Pissarro’s letter in his archives.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 21 avril 1936», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Cannot find Zola’s letter concerning A Rebours. Thanks Deffoux for his article in L’Oeuvre. Still has bronchitis.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 16 rue Stanislas 6 mai 1936». Tells Deffoux about a PhD defence that will soon take place in the Sorbonne, about Cézanne and Zola. He read part of the work and considers the research remarkable. Sends the address of the PhD candidate. The Pissarro letter he was referring to was actually written by Monet.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «L’Étang-la-Ville, le 7 août 1936, on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 8 VIII 1936». Has Deffoux heard anything from Tristan Rémy? The Médan ceremony will take place on 11 October. LeBlond is looking for Thérive’s little book – would Deffoux know where to get it? LeBlond’s daughter, Françoise, is now better.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 24 août 36», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 24 VIII 1936». Has heard from Tristan Rémy and has found Thérive’s little book on his desk – thanks Deffoux. His daughter is still unwell. Asks Deffoux to insert a little note in the Feuille Havas.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 29 novembre 1936» Is going to Geneva, to preside an international conference on working conditions in the book industry. Is sending a short article written by his wife – would be delighted if Deffoux could use it.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 5 janvier 37», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Is asking Deffoux to sign a petition. The meeting the night before was somewhat chaotic and nothing good will come out of it.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «6 avril 37» Will send later his article on the publication of La Terre. Will give it to Malfère, and ask him to hurry. When Fasquelle returns, a meeting will have to take place to finalize the program of [?]. Asks Deffoux to publish in L’Oeuvre the note included in the letter [not found].
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «19 avril 37» Is enclosing cards for the event in Chartres, next Sunday.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 7 mai 37», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Is returning the text of the song about La Terre, has copied it.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 19 mai 37», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Asks Deffoux to insert a note in L’Oeuvre. Is extremely busy.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 7 juin 37». Malfère will not be ready before the 15th – LeBlond is sending proofs. The passage underlined in blue could be used for L’Oeuvre. Feels very tired and overworked. Announces the engagement of his daughter Aline to a young engineer, the grand nephew of Sheurer-Kestner. In the fall, the couple will move to Montbéliard, where the young man will be working for Peugeot.
  • Autograph postcard [view of le marais poitevin] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, date pencilled [15 août 1937], stamped «16 8 37». Feels much better in the country side. Will soon leave for Honfleur.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 8 avril 1938», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Did not know that the movie about Zola’s life was censored in Poland. It was also censored in Germany and in Italy. Has been unwell for a while, had to slow down.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 13 juillet 1938», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 13 VII 1938». Thanks Deffoux for sending an article. Mentions a new thesis, recently published by a young woman, Yvonne Dangelzer. Deffoux is quoted often in the thesis. LeBlond intends to pay a visit to Deffoux in the coming days.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 7 octobre 38». Asks Deffoux to insert information in L’Oeuvre about the Médan celebration. The event at the Sorbonne will take place on 4 or 5 November.
  • Autograph postcard [view of Eze] from Denise LeBlond-Zola to Léon Deffoux, dated «Nice 5-3-39». Thanks Deffoux for his mention of Denise LeBlond-Zola’s article about Alexis (in L’Oeuvre).
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 1er décembre 41». Thanks Deffoux fot the text of Zola’s letter to Huysmans regarding A Rebours. Suggests publishing Zola’s letter and Huysmans’s reply. Would like to see Deffoux; LeBlond has some «loisirs», so Deffoux should let him know when he is free.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 6 janvier 42», on carte-lettre stamped «Paris 6 1942». Thanks Deffoux for the note on Batilliat published in L’Oeuvre. LeBlond caught a bad cold during the burial ceremony of Batilliat. On 1st January, he fainted during a family reunion. He feels better now. Sends his best wishes for the new year.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 13 avril 42», on carte-lettre stamped «Paris 15 IV 1942». Thanks Deffoux for the Cahier Huysmans. About the address 28 rue Royale in Saint-Cloud: remembers that there was a printing shop at that address. Does not go out very much but would be happy to see him.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 22 mars 43», with envelope bordée de noir. After his talk, would have liked to chat with Deffoux. Shares his sorrow on the occasion of the death of Emile Zavie, who was Deffoux’s old friend. LeBlond is not feeling well but will look forward to visiting Deffoux as soon as he is better.
  • Autograph postcard [statue of mineur à la lanterne] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 21 septembre 43». Gives the authorization for Deffoux to consult the correspondence at the Bibliothèque nationale. Huysmans’s letter about the Manifest is not there – LeBlond has it. Is looking forward to seeing Deffoux shortly.
  • Printed death announcement of Maurice LeBlond, with envelope stamped «14 I 1944»
  • Typed document, official biography of Maurice LeBlond
  • Autograph letter from N Dortsang[?] to Léon Deffoux, dated «14.1.44». Balzac never visited Asia. Announces the death of M. LeBlond. Is profoundly affected by the sad news.
  • Autograph letter from G. Vanveltenbeuyzin [?] to Léon Deffoux, dated «Le 22 mai 1937» - with enveloppe stamped «Paris 24-V-1937». Has just completed a study about Léon Bloy. Would be grateful if Deffoux could submit it to the Mercure – Belgian journals are not well distributed in France.
  • Five envelopes addressed to Léon Deffoux, on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - one stamped «Paris 19 XI 27» - the other four are not stamped.

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