Illustrating Tisza Tales

Willy Pogany

200 West 57th Street

New York, N. Y.

May 21st, 1928

Mrs. Rosika Schwimmer,

2 West 83rd Street

N. Y. City

Dear Miss Schwimmer:

I have been advised by Miss Massee of Doubleday-Doran Company that you would like to get an advance of $250.00 in addition to the amount you have already received, such advance to be deducted from my advance royalty.

I would very much like to help you in this matter, but I am sorry to say that I am unable to do so; also, I wish to point out to you that for me to illustrate your book is – no matter in which way I look at it – a sacrifice. It is a mistake on your part to think that I am receiving the whole $1000.00 on account, since more thank half of the amount I have to pay away partly in commission and partly to my helpers.

When I originally gave my consent to do the book for Miss Massee it was specifically pointed out by me that the only I would care to do it is under the conditions as originally outlined in my agreement.

But either way, I would be very glad to help you if it would be within my power to do so, but I can assure you that I am unable to do so in this instance, moreover I have to tell you again that for me to do this book is so great a sacrifice which I would not easily give to other people should they approach me with a like project [sic!].

Very sincerely yours,

Willy Pogany

New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division. Rosika Schwimmer Papers, Box 179.

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