AUDEN, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973). Poet.
Brief Typewritten Letter Signed ('W.H. Auden') to Neil Tierney, ½-page 4to / A4 (a little creased, on flimsy paper), 77 St Mark's Place,New York City, 10 January 1972. Stressing [Chester] Kallman's part [in the libretto of The Rake's Progress], and declining to send a photograph.
Neil Tierney, a journalist and author, was engaged on a biography of Igor Stravinsky (published as Unknown Country. Life of Igor Stravinsky in 1977), had elicited some reminiscences from Auden, and wanted to use a photograph as an illustration.
'It's precisely because Mr Kallman is not so well known as I am that he should be given full credit. Incidentally, but for him, I should probably never have become interested in Opera.
Together with the retained carbon copy of Tierney's letter to which this is the reply.