*Sarah BERNHARDT. L.A.S. "Sarah B", [early 1904], to Édouard De Max; 4 pages in-8 with her number and motto, in black pencil.
Refusing to edit Jacques Richepin's Falstaff, she calms the actor's "bad mood" and explains her choice: "But dear friend
, think for a second. At this moment we are wiping out a campaign against the play [La Sorcière de Victorien Sardou]. You are
the head of this fourth act. If I behead him I'll kill my play and you know better than anyone that I can't afford it. The day you drop the part, no one will be able to play it and I will be alone and helpless despite my energy. You and I are the columns of this temple of art. As for the Falstaff, it will be played twenty times. The play is boring. I'm sorry for James, but it is. Finally, friend, we're going to have to rehearse Polyeucte, Aesop, Esther, the Feast of Death! etc. etc. Come my dear little one from Max you so full of tenderness and devotion in the bad days, do not disturb, do not sadden my joy when the good days come back "...
Location of the item France - 75016 Paris