TS letters from Simon Bessie to Spike Milligan and Edmund Fisher

Scope and Content

Two TS letters stapled together. The first, to Milligan from ‘Simon Michael Bessie’, dated 12 August 1971, on A4 headed paper of Atheneum Publishers of New York. Bessie states that although he himself enjoyed 'Adolf Hitler, etc.', the British humour and perspective would not appeal to Americans. Mentions enclosed “SMB/phb”. MS annotations in blue by Milligan: ‘Vol I’ (at the top of the paper) and ‘I dis-agree.’ (underlined, at the bottom of the paper). The second, also from Bessie, to Edmund Fisher of Michael Joseph Ltd., “CC? S. Milligan”, dated the same, on A4 blue tracing paper. Content very similar to that of the former letter, with an added reference to Bessie’s uncertainty about who he should be corresponding with. MS annotation in red, presumably by Bessie: the word “over” crossed out and replaced with “to” in the first paragraph.

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