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PUCCINI, Giacomo (1858-1924). Italian composer.
Autograph Letter Signed to Antonio Bettolacci, his personal business agent, 1 page large 8vo on a letter-form with address on the reverse, Via Verdi 4, Milan, 25 October 1908. To a friend who was also his hunting, shooting and boating companion, written at about the time of the beginning of the Doria scandal. With a transcript and translation.
'... Milan already weighs on me and I seem to be feeling less well. Tomorrow I will purge myself. It appears that E[lvira] is not coming. We'll see. Whether she comes, or even wants to come, I won't care any more. I don't feel like fretting any more and give up. ...'
In late September or October 1908 Puccini's wife Elvira had come to suspect her husband of an affair with their maidservant Doria. She commenced a vitriolic and very public campaign, which had the tragic result of the girl's suicide in January 1909. When a post-mortem examination proved Doria's innocence (she was a virgin) the family commenced legal proceedings. For Puccini himself the unhappy episode had a deeply disturbing effect, and interrupted his work on La Fanciulla del West for several months.
[No: 23445]


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