Three letters, one autograph letter signed “Fleur,” 2 pages, two one-page typed letters signed “Fleur”.

London: A5 Albany, Piccadilly, 12 November 1979, 18 November 1982 and 26 April 1983.

Price: $300.00

About the item

1 vols. 8vo and 4to. To her friend Isabel [Leighton Bunker]. Primarily concerning personal matters and opinions. The first responds to Mrs. Bunker's earlier letter, congratulating her on her “brilliant son-in-law,” hoping that Iran is not a powder keg and regretting that the Bunker's wouldn't be going to Europe for the summer. The second written while she is recovering from a leg injury, “the cast is off and I'm left in bandages which replace it from toes to knee,” and mentions a letter received “I went back to tears when I read the long and sorrowful letter sent me by Prince Ranier. The pain and anguish he feels is heartbreaking...I've alwas loved her but isn't it sad that I didn't know how much until she was gone? After 30 years of close friendship (sisterly) this is a sad truth.” And the last letter commences with business, stating that she's fired her agent and was looking for another then describes how she snapped off four teeth biting on an English muffin and needed “pinning all together”.

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Fleur Cowles, was the editor and publisher of the elaborate fashion magazine “Flair.” Her husband, Gardner Cowles, was the editor of “Look.” Isabel Leighton, later Mrs. Arthur Hugh Bunker, was a war correspondent, playwright, actress, radio personality and author and very active with various social responsibilites. She was the author of “Where Away,” and her short story “Fat Girl” was chosen for inclusion among the “100 Best Stories to Come of the War.” Her theatrical successes include “Spring Again” and “Mercenary Mary” and as a war correspondent she covered both Asia and Europe with her articles appearing in most of the leading periodicals in the country.