The Kenneth Williams Letters - Edited by Russell DaviesLondon: HarperCollinsPublishers, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “Following the bestselling publication of The Kenneth Williams Diaries, the devastating self-portrait of one of our most loved and complex performers is completed with this marvellous selection of his letters.
This is a wonderful treasure trove of correspondence with all manner of people, including Alec Guinness, Maggie Smith, Joe Orton, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, and the Stokers’ Mess of HMS Leverton. Kenneth Williams meticulously kept carbon copies of all his letters, which were usually long and invariably faultlessly typed. As his diaries show, he took letters very seriously, and he was always disgusted by a morning that failed to provide him with some mail to pore over. He did not welcome all of it, even when it was kindly meant — a rich haul of Christmas or birthday cards would sometimes be dumped summarily into the waste-paper basket — but letters from friends, and thoughtful ones from strangers, almost always received the compliment of a careful reply.
Letters called forth the performer in Williams in a way that his diaries never did: many of those collected here are virtual comic monologues, and in general they suggest much more strongly than the diaries the likeable and constructive side of a man who remains, nonetheless, as outrageous and ‘difficult’ as ever. Above all the letters round out, in varied voices and many moods, the picture of Kenneth Williams’s unique and troubled personality which emerged from the diaries.”