8220;G. Bernard Shaw.” London: 1898.
SHAW, George Bernard. Typed/Autograph Letter Signed. “G. Bernard Shaw.” 29 Fitzroy Square W. London: 27th April, 1898.
Typed letter signed “G. Bernard Shaw.” with a manuscript post script at the bottom in Shaw's hand. Letter addressed to "Mrs. Bloomfield Zeisler" famous Austrian concert pianist. One quarto sheet (10 1/8 x 8 inches; 257 x 202 mm) Letter on recto, blank verso. Paper is lightly toned. Some chipping and tiny closed tears along edges. Two vertical and one horizontal crease from mailing. Still overall very good.
The letter is a reply to Zeisler's request for Shaw to come see her perform at the Philharmonic. She has sent him a ticket which he is sending back. Letter is sent from Shaw's residence at 29 Fitzroy Square in London where he lived until 1898. This address is interesting in that a few years later in 1907, this same address was the home of Virgina Woolf.
"29 Fitzroy Square W.
27th April, 1898.
Dear Mrs Bloomfield Zeisler
I find that my duties as dramatic critic will prevent my going to the Philharmonic. It doesn't matter, because of course you can play Rubinstein in D minor and the Litolff Scherzo as well as they can be played. All that romantic stuff is very ex- citing, but it is no real test of a player for London purposes. I shall go to your recital on Saturday, and sit with my nose turned up in the most superior fashion until you can charm it down again. I return the Philharmonic tickets with many thanks.
As to your former letter, Garland must be much too experi- enced a man to suppose that any literary person whatever is worth wasting an artist's time personally. By all means admire the brilliant pen; but don't try to discover the poor sedentary creature behind it. At the same time if I can be of any service to you I am altogether at your disposal. Yours sincerely G Bernard Shaw 28th Ap? P.S. Unfortunately this letter, which should have been posted last night, was overlooked. I hope the ticket will not be too late."
"George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama. Over the course of his life he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but each also includes a vein of comedy that makes their stark themes more palatable. In these works Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.... He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938). The former for his contributions to literature and the latter for his work on the film "Pygmalion" (adaptation of his play of the same name). Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright, as he had no desire for public honours, but he accepted it at his wife's behest. She considered it a tribute to Ireland. He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books to English." (Good Reads)
“'She plays like a man' was a near-refrain in critiques of Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler, a brilliant pianist who emerged in the young, male-dominated American concert world of the 1880s. With magnetic energy and articulate technique, Zeisler broke out of the “lady pianist” molds to become a virtuoso revered for her musical intellect, expressivity, bravura, and scintillating touch in a wide range of concert repertoire. Her popularity peaked in the late 1890s, following highly acclaimed European tours, and continued into the first two decades of the twentieth century. Through much of her life the pianist juggled fifty-engagement seasons with teaching (at Chicago’s Bush Temple of Music and in a private studio) and family duties... Despite her husband’s wishes that she settle down to a domestic life, Zeisler returned to Vienna by fall 1888 for a five-month “refresher course” with Leschetizky. Her determination to excel paid off within the next decade, when she solidified artistic relationships with the orchestras of New York, Boston, Chicago, and Pittsburgh, performed at the Colombian Exposition of 1893, toured Europe, and appeared in numerous recitals throughout the United States, including an 1896 West Coast tour that featured seven different programs in eighteen days. Although “nervous prostrations” had cut short her first European tour of 1893–1894, her triumphs during this and the following season in Europe marked a career turning point. By 1896, American writers were dubbing her “America’s greatest virtuoso” and, at times, the “Sarah Bernhardt of the piano.” Zeisler performed in England in 1898 and returned to the Continent in 1902 and 1912." (The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women).
A second letter from President W.H. Taft in a secretarial hand introducing an Ambassador to Mrs. Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler. Written on December 24, 1911. He speaks highly of her telling the recipient that "She is the greatest American artist in the playing of the piano." He mentions that "She has a long time been a friend of Mrs. Taft" and that "she has given us the pleasure of an artistic performance once or twice at the White House." He goes on to ask "I shall appreciate any attention which you can show Mrs. Zeisler or, if opportunity comes, any official recognition of her artistic quality. I am sure that every American will be proud of her art."
A nice piece to show the general feeling of awe and respect the whole country had for her.