This American soprano debuted with the Metropolitan Opera in "Romeo et Juliette" in 1906 and remained there, developing a huge following, until retirement in 1922, appearing in a handful of silent films between 1915 and 1920 as well. Item #40761
ANS at bottom of TNS to her, 1p, 8½" X 11", n.p., n.y. Very good. Faint age toning and original folds. Near the bottom of a letter dated 28 February 1940 expressing birthday greetings and asking "Have you written a book within the last few years? (If not I hope you do turn one out very soon.)" from admirer Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar), the diva replies large and bold in black ink: "To thank you for your wishes and refer you to 'Such Sweet Compulsions' published 1938 by Greystone Press available any bookseller!" and signing boldly. Accompanied by a superb glossy 9 3/4" X 7 3/4" news agency photograph showing a smiling Farrar and two men standing behind a flag-draped bannister with a sign in front of the flag reading "Miss Farrar Will Sell Bonds." Original mimeographed paper label neatly affixed to verso, which dates this image 29 September 1918, titles it "Opera Star Sells Secretary McAdoo First Bond in Capital Campaign" and describes the scene: "Miss Geraldine Farrar, the famous opera singer is aiding the Liberty Loan campaign in Washington. She sold her first bond to Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo. This photo made at the platform of the Treasury Building steps show Miss Farrar, Sec. McAdoo and Ass't. Sec. of the Treasury Rowe."